Compensation, Pension Money Demands Await Museveni in Kabale

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In short
People affected by the extention of the power line are from the sub counties of Muko,Hamurwa,Ikumba,Bubaare and the town council fo Hamurwa as well as Kabale northern division.

Voters in Kabale district have come up with issues which they would like to be addressed by President Yoweri Museveni ahead of his visit to the district.
Among the issues raised is the compensation of locals who were affected by the extension of the 33 KV power line to Kisoro district. They want salaries of pensioners paid up. The voters also want the powers of the Resident District Commissioner (RDC) trimmed.
People affected by  the extension of the power line are from  the sub counties of Muko, Hamurwa, Ikumba, Bubaare and the town council fo Hamurwa as well as Kabale northern division.
The affected people say they want president Museveni to explain why they have not been compensated three years since their property was cleared to pave way for the construction.
Milcah Byomugabe is a resident of Nyamiyaga in Ikuma Sub County.
She told Uganda Radio Network (URN) that they have only been receiving letters from the rural electrification agency promising to give them money but they do not specify how much they are to receive and nothing has come their way.
Byomugabe says that today it is the time for the president to give them a clear answer.
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Isaac Turyahikayo (63), a resident of  Nyarurambi in Muko sub county told URN that though he was promised 2.5 million shillings for his land, three years down the road he has not received any of it. He doubts they will ever be compensated.
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Pensioners in the district want the president to address their issues.
A total of over 200 pensioners who have not received their money from July to December 2015 want the president to address the delay.
The pensioners say Kabale district administration has failed to help them and visits to Kampala have yielded no results either.
Christopher Kaboroga, a former teacher, says some pensioners are very old and have ailments to tend to yet they do not have the money. 
Leopold Twesigye, a resident of Kabale Municipality, is concerned about the behaviour of the current RDC Darius Nandinda.
He says that the Kabale deputy resident district commissioner Denis Nzeirwe and his boss Darius Nandinda have been traversing the district intimidating people whom they feel don't support NRM flag bearers.
Rev.Father Gaetano Batanyenda, the Inter Religious Council chairperson for the Kigezi region, says that the commissioners have failed to address issues that affect the locals and resorted to partisan politics.
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Kabale deputy resident district commissioner Denis Nzeirwe told URN that the issues of the pensioners and the compensation are being addressed but rubbished claims that he has been intimidating people.
He says that the allegations against him and his boss are baseless.


About the author

Anthony Kushaba
For Anthony Kushaba, journalism is not just a job; it is a calling. Kushaba believes journalism is one of the few platforms where the views of the oppressed and margainalised can be heard. This is what his journalism aims to do: bring to light untold stories.

Kushaba is the Mbarara region URN bureau chief. Mitooma, Ntungamo, Bushenyi, Sheema, Isingiro, and Kiruhura districts fall under his docket. Kushaba has been a URN staff member since 2012.

Kushaba is a journalism graduate from Uganda Christian University Study Centre at Bishop Barham College in Kabale. Before joining URN, Kushaba worked with Voice of Kigezi (2008), Bushenyi FM (2010) and later on to Voice of Muhabura.

Kushaba's journalism interests centre on conflict, peace and electoral reporting. Kushaba occasionally writes on tourism, health, religion and education. He describes himself as highly driven and will pursue a tip until it yields a story.