By KAMUSIME BANABASI
The Government has secured a total of 20 billion shillings meant for Compensating more than 1000 people who are likely to get affected when tarmacking of Kisoro – Mgahinga road commences.
The 6km stretch that passes through Rusiza and heads into the heart of Nyarusiza Sub County leads to popular tourist destination Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, the smallest national Park in Uganda.
It is famous for being home to the endangered Mountain Gorilla and the Golden Monkey among other animals.
Mgahinga’s most striking features are its three conical, extinct volcanoes, including Muhabura, Mgahinga and Sabinyo that lie along the border region of Uganda, Congo and Rwanda.
Kisoro district LCV Chairperson Abel Bizimana made the revelation while speaking to Voice of Muhabura after a closed door meeting with Officials from Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) at Kisoro district headquarters on Wednesday 28/07/2021.
Mr. Bizimana explained that works on the tourism road are ready to commence adding that compensation of Residents along the road will be given priority.
“The exercise is likely to take up to three months however at this point, all activities will depend on how soon the lockdown will be lifted”, said Bizimana
According to the Kisoro LCV, the government’s Chief Valuer has already signed forms for all 1228 people to be compensated.
He added that beneficiaries will get different compensation fees depending on the size of their property.
He called on all people to ensure they have a national Identity Card, a bank account, a letter from the Village Chairperson (LC1) showing that the property being compensated for belongs to the respondent along with 3 passport Photos.
He noted that works would begin from Travelers’ rest house in Kisoro Municipality after sensitization to communities along the passage of the road.
Mr. Bizimana further said the Government has identified a contractor, DOTT services, to rehabilitate and tarmac Kisoro- Rubuguri Road through Kasharara, Rubuguri -Nkuringo Road and then Rubuguri- Katonjo road.
Speaking to one of the UNRA officials identified as Habasa Morgan, he said that no contractor for Kisoro – Mgahinga road as of yet.