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Government secures land for refinery residents

A cloudy day in Buseruka, Hoima District. (Photo: Thomas White)

A cloudy day in Buseruka, Hoima District. (Photo: Thomas White)

Government has finally secured land where it will resettle the people who opted for physical relocation from Kabaale parish, Hoima district.

The land measures 530 acres and is located in Kyakabuga village, Nyakabingo parish in Buseruka sub county, Hoima.

Out of the 2473 property owners on the 29 square kilometer refinery area, 96 opted for resettlement, while the majority preferred cash compensation.

According to Hosea Wamboka, the Head of Strategic Friends International (SFI) the consultant overseeing the relocation, government acquired a bigger piece of land compared to what the residents owned.

“The total number of acres for those we are relocating is 500, but we purchased 530 acres to allow for access roads and other public spaces,” he said.

Richard Orendi, the Chairman of the group that opted for relocation, told Oil in Uganda that they are happy with the land.

“We have always wanted to be in Buseruka because we want to be in a fertile area within the oil region,” he said. “This was the best option compared to all the other pieces of land we have visited and we have all agreed to stay here.”

“It is not very fertile but it was the better option compared to the rest,” noted Innocent Tumwebaze, another resident. “At least we can grow seasonal crops like beans, potatoes and cassava.”

Mr.Wamboka said three-bed roomed houses are being constructed for the residents, adding that he estimates the relocation exercise to be completed in five months.

Report by Flavia Nalubega