Jemimah Kobutumwa, a resident of Kigunda village, says they were forced to storm the RDCs office to demand for explanation why government has failed to compensate them because he is the presidents representative in the district.
Residents of Rukungiri District have staged a demonstration protesting government's failure to compensate them for the property they lost during the construction of a gravity water flow scheme.
The angry residents led a procession to the office of the Rukungiri Resident District Commissioner on Tuesday. Trouble stems from the construction of a 44 billion Shillings gravity flow scheme from Kahengye Sub County to Rwerere town council to improve safe water coverage.
Government contracted Techno Fab Engineering Company Limited to undertake the construction works in 2016 and the project is nearing completion. However, residents of Kahengye, Kabingo, Kigunda, Nyakagongo, Kabashaki and Karuhembe Villages in Kebisoni Sub County claim that the gravity water flow scheme encroached on their land.
They claim that government promised to compensate them for destroying their crops and property in vain. Rugaba Akampa, one of the concerned residents, says his beans garden and part of the banana plantation were destroyed to pave way for the construction of the gravity water flow scheme with promises of compensating them but nothing has been done.
According to Akampa, he has waited for compensation in vain prompted them to rise up in protest. He regrets why he allowed the gravity follow scheme to pass his land without receiving compensation.
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Jemimah Kobutumwa, a resident of Kigunda village, says they were forced to storm the RDC's office to demand for explanation why government has failed to compensate them because he is the president's representative in the district.
According to Kobutumwa, she has waited for the compensation money to use it to replace her house that was destroyed to pave way for the extension of the
gravity flow scheme in vain.
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Susan Kaliisa, another concerned resident from Kabishaki village, says that her coffee plantation was cut down to pave way for the construction of the gravity flow scheme.
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The Rukungiri Resident District Commissioner, Dan Kaguta has promised to assess the damaged property by the end of this week. He has called for calm from the affected residents, saying government will compensate them.
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Engineer Herbert Nuwamanya, the Projects Officer from the Water and Environment Ministry, says government is aware of the pending compensation.
According to Nuwamanya, the government is working with the valuer so to ensure the compensation exercise runs smoothly.