The Finance, Planning and Economics Development
Minister, Matia Kasaija has asked China Communications Construction Company,
which is constructing Mubende-Kakumiro-Kibaale-Kagadi road to improve its
working relationship with the local communities.
Government contracted the Chinese firm to undertake the construction of the 104-kilometre road at Shillings 484 .8 billion.
However, there have been complaints of a poor working relationship between the
contractor and residents.
There is a row between the contractor and residents of Mugarama Sub County. The row stems from
the refusal by the contractor to compensate some residents whose property was damaged
as a result of blasting rocks in the area.
Guidelines by the National Environment
Management Authority-NEMA stipulate that residents within a radius of 500
meters from the stone quarry must be relocated to avoid effects of the stone
Nabukenya Tugume, one of the affected residents, says her house developed
cracks due to the rock blasts but wasn’t compensated.
//Cue in:”Bakaija ba pima…
Cue out:…Abatafunire tiukole tuta,”//
On Sunday evening, Finance Minister, Matia Kasaijja met the
affected residents at Mugarama sub county
headquarters in Kibaale district.
He asked the contractor to involve residents
and local leaders in the road works to avoid the resultant disputes.
//Cue in:” Nyowe Nkwija ku…
Cue out:…Genda mukoti gendaonyegere.:”//.
He warned that the contractors losing some money, if they don’t act
George William Bagonza, one of the
administrators of China Communications Construction Company, told the minister
that only people within a radius of 500 meters are entitled to compensation.