State Minister for Lands, Housing and Urban Development in charge
of Urban Development, Mario Obiga Kania has cautioned locals against erecting structures
on road reserves along the Kitgum-Kidepo road in Kitgum District.
The government is set to upgrade the 115 kilometres road linking Kitgum
Municipality, through Orom Sub-county to Karenga District from gravel to
standard bitumen. This is intended to target the tourism business in Kidepo
Valley National Park.
Following reports that the road was going to be upgraded,
residents along the road reserves rushed to plant bananas, erecting temporary
houses and shops targeting compensation from the Government.
While responding to remarks made by the Kitgum Resident District Commissioner
William Komakech on the matter on Wednesday, Obiga says those erecting
structures on the road reserves currently with full knowledge of the road
construction won’t get any compensation.
The Minister was speaking at the commissioning of the first phase
of a World Bank-funded road construction in Kitgum Municipality.
Obiga says the government will embark on assessing the duration the properties
have taken on the land where the road reserves fall. He adds that the newly
planted crops and erected structures won’t qualify for compensation.
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According to Obiga, this is being motivated by leaders who know about the project.
He described it as an act of corruption that won’t be tolerated.
“Many times we talk about corruption and I heard people talking
about corruption and they think corruption is some were there, but this is
The vice has been registered along with road reserves in the sub-counties of
Omiya Anyima, Namokora north and Namokora Town Council, Orom and Kitgum Matidi.
Last week Felix Geria Osoa, the Uganda National Roads Authority-UNRA Station
Manager in Kitgum District said that their officials had begun assessing the
Osoa noted that the assessment which entails getting details of landowners,
properties and land size that will be affected by the road construction had
covered more than 30 kilometres from Kitgum Municipality.
John Peter Ocen, the Omiya Anyima Sub-County Chairperson, says they have
advised residents against planting bananas and erecting temporary
grass-thatched huts and iron-roofed houses.
Under section 16, 8 of the Road Act 2019, a person who constructs any structure
in or on a road reserve or uses a road reserve without authorization is not
entitled to any compensation for the structure or use and shall remove the
structure or cease the use of the road reserve at his or her cost.