By George Busiinge
Residents affected by oil and gas related infrastructure projects like the East African Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP), feeder roads and others in Kiziranfumbi Town Council and Kiziranfumbi Sub-County in Kikuube district find it tedious, costly and time-consuming to obtain letters of administration before they are fully accepted to claim for compensation on behalf of their deceased relatives.
Letters of administration is a legal document issued by the complement court, which allows the claimant/administrator to manage and distribute the deceased’s estate.
Zuliya Nyakahara, a field monitor for Global Rights Alert (GRA) and district female councillor for Kiziranfumbi admits that several Project Affected Persons (PAPs) are still struggling to process letters of administration for their deceased relatives for compensation.
Nyakahara explains that the majority don’t know the process involved in obtaining letters of administration hence delaying the compensation process.
Joy Kyalimpa, a monitor says women and children are finding it hard to process such letters to get compensated because other relatives always sideline them.
Evelyn Kugonza, a PAP in Kihiigwa whose husband passed on February 18, 2020, says it is now a year of her trying to obtain letters of administration to claim compensation for their property since her husband died.
Brian Nahamya, the Hoima field office for Global Rights Alert says the problem has prompted them to intervene in creating awareness to ease the compensation for the deceased person’s estate.
Samuel Muganzi, the Kikuube District Principal Assistant Secretary asked family heads to always write their wills early enough since death is inevitable to avoid such challenges.
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