More than 170 residents of Rainbow trading centre, Iredha Shamber in Lira town are demanding compensation of their property destroyed by uncontrolled water due to lack of drainage channels on the road.
Residents affected by the planned upgrade of the 256-kilometre
road from Rwekunye through Masindi port via Apac, Lira up to Acholibur in Pader
district have sued Uganda National Roads Authority-UNRA.
More than 170 residents of Rainbow trading centre, Iredha Shamber in Lira town
are demanding compensation of their property destroyed by uncontrolled water due to lack of drainage channels on the road.
The residents through their Lawyer Innocent Omara of Omara and
Company Advocate want UNRA to compensate them 300 million shillings for the
Sam Ecar the lead petitioner said UNRA between 2016 and 2017 conducted upgrade
of the road, especially around Rainbow trading centre without opening adequate
Ecar says that this caused a huge volume of uncontrolled water to enter into people's houses and shops.
He says that property including seedlings in the nursery beds,
household property and commodities in people’s shops and houses were destroyed.
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Ecar said that there were several attempts to mediate with UNRA,
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Innocent Omara, the petitioners’ lawyer says they are still open for
Mark Ssali, the head of Corporate Communications at
UNRA, says the matter is being handled by the legal department but declined
to divulge further details.