UGANDA, Arua | Real Muloodi News | A family in Arua City is demanding compensation of USh50 million from the city authorities or they will drag them to court for illegally opening a road through their land.
The family of Hajji Muhamad Rizigala accuses the Arua City Council of opening a road through their land in Oli A cell, Tanganyika ward without prior compensation.
The family has sought the services of Buga and Company Advocates to help them pursue compensation from the city authorities or may drag them to court if their demands are not met.
In a letter of intent to sue, the family states that they are the registered proprietors of the land, on which the city council opened a road without adequate compensation as per the legal requirements of the law and permission from the family.
“Our client is a registered proprietor of the above-described land on which Arua city council has without any prior adequate compensation as per the legal requirements of the law and permission from our client opened up a road,” reads part of the letter of intent to sue.
Muhammad Rizigala says they were never consulted before the road was opened through their land.
In December 2022, Arua City central division authorities embarked on opening a new access road that was supposed to join Adroa road, which had been abandoned following complaints from some community members.
Muzaidi Khemis, the Mayor of Arua City central division, says that they opened the road using the 1945 plan of the former Arua Municipality.
Khemis dismissed the allegations that the affected community members were not involved.
The Arua City Deputy Town Clerk, Jobile Cornelius, says the family is free to sue the city since it’s an autonomous entity.
Arua City was established by an Act of Parliament on April 28th, 2020, as a regional city for the West Nile Sub-region, becoming operational on July 1st, 2020.
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