Jjuko, Sserunkuma Start in Simba Loss, Lule Enters Top Pack

The commission of inquiry into Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) has discovered that during land acquisition for construction of Fort Portal-Bundibugyo-Lamia road, about it Shs 4bn was paid in compensation for structures that up to date are still standing.

The over 100 structures are outside the road reserve.

UgaSurv Surveying and Mapping Consultants which was contracted to do surveying, seek valuation and titling is alleged to have paid Shs 290m for ghost structures, illness crops and land.

Over 376 persons have complained to UNRA for not receiving payment while 181 others were affected by the road but were never assessed by UgaSurv and therefore not eligible for payment.

In an inspection undertaken by the commission, complaints were made by persons whose property was affected that UgaSurv staff especially a one Tom Muranga often demanded bribes in order to inflate the value of their property.

Consequently, those who bribed were compensated more money compared to those who never complained.

The commission received 32 complainants who claimed that UgaSurv staff compelled them to pay a bribe of not less than Shs 1m.

State Minister for Primary Education, Kamanda Bataringaya is one of those said to have been paid compensation for his commercial building in Nyahuka Town Council, Bundibugyo.


Local residents also denied knowing names of the purported residents that were compensated as dwellers in the locality.

The Managing Director UgaSurv Surveying and Mapping Consultants, Nathan Kiwesi Kiwanuka before the probe committee on Wednesday
The Managing Director UgaSurv Surveying and Mapping Consultants, Nathan Kiwesi Kiwanuka before the probe committee on Wednesday


While responding to these allegations during the commission hearing on Wednesday, the Managing Director UgaSurv, Nathan Kiwesi Kiwanuka said he’s not aware of any wrong payments.

“Your company undervalued project affected persons with customary land and their claims were ignored because they never complied to your demands?” asked Mary Kuteesa, the assistant counsel.

UNRA confirms that 97 percent of the compensation budget has been consumed yet those eligible for compensation claim they have never been paid.

“We never undervalued anyone; we used market values which we got through interacting with the locals. Our role was verification and making recommendations to UNRA,” said Kiwanuka

As the commission’s legal counsel Mary Kuteesa flashed photographs of structures along the road which didn’t deserve compensation, the witness stammered and couldn’t find the fitting response.

The land surveyor told the commission that the road lacked proper demarcations of the road reserve and that the responsibility of demolishing structures that had been compensated was UNRA’s.

“What does this say about your professional stance as UgaSurv? As a land surveyor you couldn’t even afford giving UNRA advice on this?” questioned Justice Bamugemereire.

The witness, a professional land surveyor left the commissioners perplexed after he completely failed to define what land is.

UgaSurv was contracted by UNRA as a land acquisition consultant at a cost of Shs 448m and so far the consultant has been paid Shs 393m.

This is yet another land compensation process marred by fraud, bribery and illegalities after the case of Kampala – Entebbe express way where billions were lost in titles held in wetlands and forest reserves.
Ugandan duo of Simon Sserunkuma and defender Murshid Jjuko both featured in the starting team as Tanzanian giants, order Simba SC fell 1-0 to Tanzania Prisons in Mbeya.

The Dar outfit missed the services of top marksman Hamis ‘Diego’ Kizza whose return was delayed by the Maltese-born-English coach Dylan Kerr who opted to allow him more time to recover fully.

Rivals , Yanga SC extended lead pn top with a 4-1 drubbing of league newcomers Toto Africa.

In the other match, coach Matia Lule’s Stand United moved to up the third position with 18 points from eight games following their 3-0 win over Majimaji in Kambarage stadium Shinyanga.

Simba XI: Vincent Angban, Hassan Kessy, Mohammed Hussein, Hassan Isihaka, Juuko Murshid,Justice Majabvi,  Simon Sserunkuma, Awadh Juma, Pape Ndaw, Joseph Kimwaga na Peter Mwalyi.

yanga 4-1 Toto
Stand 3-0 Majimaji
Prisons 1-0 Simba
Coastal 1-0 Kagera Sugar

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