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Oil Refinery Affected Residents Unhappy With ‘Congested’ Resettlement Houses

Some of the houses being built to resettle refinery affected persons in Hoima district

By Fred Kiva:

Residents affected by the oncoming Oil Refinery project in Hoima district, viagra 40mg http://cs4all.nyc/wp-admin/includes/nav-menu.php who are awaiting resettlement, http://choladathaicuisine.com/wp-content/plugins/contact-form-7/includes/config-validator.php are complaining that say the resettlement houses being built for them are too congested.

Government is in final stages of resettling some of the residents affected by the oil refinery project in Kabaale, Hoima district to a neighboring village of Kyakaboga.

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93households opted for resettlement, although government has so far constructed only 46 resettlement houses in Kyakaboga.

The three bedroom houses are now being painted; and readied to be handed over to the beneficiaries.

However some beneficiaries say the houses are too congested.

“It’s very hard for extended families to settle in such a congested environment, some of us may end up abandoning the houses to build houses on the provided land”, said Innocent Tumwebaze, the Vice Chairperson of the Proposed Oil Refinery Residents Association.

“We are near the lake and the area is prone to a cholera outbreak; living in such a congested place makes the disease spread faster.”

Tumwebaze wonders why government decided to resettle them in a camp. The resettlement houses are built on a 45×25 plot of land and they are separated by small corridors. Each house owner will also be
given a piece of land equivalent to the one lost in the original places of residence. The land is however a distance away from the houses.

During display of the proposed resettlement plan last year, Ministry of Energy officials revealed that the refinery affected persons will be resettled in a specially planned area, with modern housing units.

Government’s decision has since been contested by the Civil Society.

In 2015, the African Institute for Energy Governance (AFIEGO) wrote a protest letter to the Ministry of Energy questioning why they were resettling the oil refinery affected persons in a settlement camp.

AFIEGO argued that resettling the residents in such an area compromises their original lifestyle. Denis Yuke, the Sight Engineer Sumadhura Technologies Limited, who are building the resettlement
houses, says as contractors their only duty is to complete the work on schedule. He reveals that the houses will be ready for handover on December 30, 2016.

Chimpreports visited the site on Saturday, and found the contractor painting the already roofed houses. The houses have modern kitchen facilities and a pit latrine each.

7,118 residents from 13 villages in Kabaale Parish, Buseruka Sub county Hoima district were in 2012 told they will be leaving their ancestral land to pave way for an Oil Refinery plant. The facility meant to refine the country’s crude oil in Western Uganda into finished petroleum products will sit on a 29square kilometer piece of land.

Compensation and resettlement of the affected persons are the final stages in government’s full acquisition of the land earmarked for the refinery project.

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