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Residents Seek Fresh Property Valuation in Katosi Water Works Route

Joseph Lwoga, a resident of Kalengera village says that his land and crop garden were jointly valued at less than 500,000 Shillings, which he says is too little even to cover the cost of production, let alone finding alternative land for relocation and crop production.
Kalengera A Village where a water pipe is going to pass

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Residents of Kalengera A village in Ntenjeru Sub County, Mukono district are calling for a fresh valuation of land and properties affected by the construction of the new Water Treatment Plant at Katosi, Mukono district.

The plant which is expected to supply 160 million litres of water per day will also have a 60,000 litres capacity water reservoir at Nsumba hill in Mukono district, 55km bulk heavy duty transmission mains, another 15,000 litres capacity water reservoir at Sonde hill and booster station in Namugongo.

It is expected to improve water supply and sanitation services to more than four million residents in Kampala metropolitan area, under a master plan called Kampala Water-Lake Victoria Water and Sanitation Project.

According to Samuel Apedel, the Public Relations Manager at National Water and Sewerage Corporation, the area depends entirely on Gaba Water despite the rapidly expanding population.

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The Katosi Water Works project will have pipes channelled through the villages of Buwujja, Kagulu, Kikubo, Kalengera A, Kalengera B, Kikuta and Nsanja. But the plan has suffered a setback, as residents in one of the seven affected villages argue that the valuation was flawed.

Joseph Lwoga, a resident of Kalengera village says that his land and crop garden were jointly valued at less than 500,000 Shillings, which he says is too little even to cover the cost of production, let alone finding alternative land for relocation and crop production.

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Ronald Kigozi, a resident of Kikuta says that some of the properties were valued in the absence of the owners, some of who have never known their fate but see activities taking place on their land. Another Resident, Ronald Katende is demand for a fresh valuation for properties that will be affected by the Katosi Water Works project.

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But Apedel says that all valid claimants for the land in the project area will be compensated. He, however, hastens to add that some claimants are seeking double compensation because part of their land was paid for by Uganda National Roads Authority which is also undertaking roads works in the area.

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