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Delayed compensation irks Kisoro residents

By Vision Reporter

Added 25th November 2007 03:00 AM

People living on the Kabale–Kisoro highway have asked the Government to compensate them before construction works on the road continue,

People living on the Kabale–Kisoro highway have asked the Government to compensate them before construction works on the road continue, reports Darious Magara.

About 2,000 people have been affected by the tarmacking of the 99-km road stretch that began in September.

They have also petitioned their MPs over the matter, while others have threatened to drag the works and transport ministry to the Inspectorate of Government.

“Some people’s property has not even been valued,” said MP Henry Banyenzaki on Saturday.

Pereza Ahabwe, another MP, said they had stopped a planned demonstration by the residents.

“We want relevant bodies of government and Parliament to address the compensation,” he added.

Haruna Mutabazi, an affected resident, said they recognised the fact that the road would stimulate development but insisted that they deserved to be compensated for lost property.

Inbar Giorao, a manager with SBI, the firm fixing the road, said they had only worked on segments of the road due to delayed compensation of affected persons.

“Some parts on the Kabale Road have not been handed over to us, making our work difficult.”

However, Dan Alinange, a works ministry official, urged residents to be patient. “We are sorry for the delay but shall properly compensate them.”

Delayed compensation irks Kisoro residents

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