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Paid refinery area residents given three months to relocate

Women in Kyapaloni market which lies with the refinery area and will be re-located too

Women in Kyapaloni market which lies within the 29 sq.km. the refinery area and will be re-located too

Government commenced the compensation of the residents in the refinery area in Kabaale parish, Hoima district this week, and immediately gave them a three-month ultimatum to vacate the land upon compensation.

So far, money has been wired to personal bank accounts of 246 residents in the exercise that will see 7118 residents compensated.

According to the Senior Public Relations Officer of the Petroleum Exploration and Production Department (PEPD), Gloria Sebikari, the residents are also being paid a disturbance allowance to facilitate their movement.

“We have given them a disturbance allowance that is 30% of their compensation fee and a notice period of three months,” she told Oil in Uganda. “This will help government acquire the land in time to enable us plan for the refinery construction.”

The Land Act provides for this disturbance fee and a notice period of not more than six months before displacing anyone from a piece of land or property that formerly belonged to them.

Ms. Sebikari further revealed that the compensation would continue until March 2014. “Before end of this week, a second batch of people will be paid,” she said, “And it is going to be continuous until early next year.”

Government plans to select a firm to construct the crude oil refinery by mid next year, and has maintained that the facility will be operational by 2018, around the time first oil will come on stream.

Report by Flavia Nalubega

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