PAKWACH. The owners and occupants of more than 10 commercial buildings along the main high way that were issued sixty days eviction notice by Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) have vowed not to comply with the directive unless they are fully compensated.
While meeting the district officials on Friday, the disgruntled residents acknowledged receiving letters of eviction on February 4, this year.
They were ordered to peacefully leave occupying buildings that are within 15 metres of the road reserve in two months before the Authority effects demolition of such buildings.
Two weeks ahead of the expiry of the evacuation period, the affected people, most of them notable businessmen in Pakwachi town are already resisting.
Mr Abraham Waba, the chairman of the Pakwach business community association who also owns a premise in the road reserve said although he received the Authority’s letter he is seeking legal advice from Donge and Sons Advocates on what his next course of action should be.
He called for calm from other aggrieved members but his plea was not heeded to as the nervous businessmen burst into uproars insisting not to leave unless they are adequately compensated beforehand.
Some of the prominent buildings to be demolished include A.B Wadrif opposite K.KT Bus company offices and the front parts of Post Bank that was constructed in 2016 to house the automated teller machine (ATM).
The bank’s branch manager, Mr Kima Adiga said the demolition will paralyse business especially the ATM Section and promised to work with the relevant government offices to urgently address the issue.
Mr Julius Opolot, UNRA’s enforcement officer stationed in Arua district advised the discontented occupants to comply, assuring that the chief government Valuer will soon be inspecting to assess and compute the value of the buildings and guide UNRA on how much to compensate them.
Mr Robert Steen Omito the Pakwach district chairperson promised to follow up the matter and communicate to Mr Jacan Omach, the Board Chairperson of UNRA to expedite the process of adequate compensation before their buildings are demolished.