By George Busiinge
The death of Project Affected Persons (PAPs) without documented wills, land wrangles and court cases are the major obstacles affecting progress of tarmacking the 100 kilometer Kabwoya - Kyenjojo road.
William Matovu, head land acquisition at Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) observes that majority of PAPs who have not yet been compensated have wrangles regarding land ownership. Others died without leaving wills to family members.
Matovu added that 48 PAPs have not been compensated, 16 have court cases and family disputes that are in process of being resolved and 32 have submitted their documents and payments are being processed.
Matovu revealed that out of 5,757 PAPs, 5709 (99%) have been fully compensated along the entire 100km stretch leaving a gap of 48 persons uncompensated. Sh24 billion is the total compensation package for the 100km Kabwooya - Kyenjojo road.
He says majority of the uncompensated have family land disputes while others are complaining of undervaluation.
Speaking at the project site monitoring on Thursday, Engineer Alex Otim, the project manager observed that despite the challenges, the project is moving steadily and they are expected to complete within the contracted time frame.
He explained that the project progress which now stands at 43 percent is expected to be completed by September next year.
Government in 2015 contracted Shengli Engineering Construction Co. Limited, a Chinese construction firm to tarmac the road at a cost of Shs214 billion.
Steven Buryahika, the Kabwoya LC3 chairman says the road is acting as a trade link for Bunyoro and other regions saying it has already started boasting trade in the sub-county and the entire country at large.
Buryahika appreciated to Uganda National Roads Authority and the government of Uganda for the construction of the road.
Residents along the Kabwooya –Kyenjojo road appealed the contractor to think about their access roads taking them to their homes because they were being neglected.