Let The Spirits ‘Resurrect’ If They Want To! Court Rules In Favor Of UNRA To Pay 4.6M For ‘Sacred Tree’ Instead Of UGX500M As Earlier Demanded By Lugave Clan Members
By Uganda Online Media
Mpigi: High Court in Mpigi has on Thursday has ruled in favor of Uganda National Roads Authority(UNRA) in a case filed by members of the Lugave Clan of Buganda kingdom, who sought to be paid half a billion shillings for a sacred tree which is located along with the site of the Busega-Mpigi Expressway.
The owners of the land in which the tree is located had initially requested compensation of USh 500 million to ostensibly appease the spirits of the clan claiming it is spiritual.
The court ruled that Hussein Katamba should receive the initial figure of 4.6 million that UNRA had offered for his 0.083-acre piece of land from the onset and not the tree.
The Construction of the 23.7-kilometer expressway had been on a halt after the owners of the land on which the tree sits demanded 500 million before the tree was felled.
The tree is known as ‘Nabukalu’ and is said to belong to the Lugave clan, although one Hussein Katamba also claimed ownership.
UNRA head of public relations Allan Ssempebwa revealed that the court had ruled in favor of the Authority to dismiss the claim thus ordering the tree owners to be compensated as per the determination of the Chief Government Valuer (CGV).
“The CGV assessed Shs 4.6Million and it’s what the court has actually granted,” Ssempebwa said.
The Mpigi expressway project is currently at 10% and is hoped to be completed by 2025 according to UNRA’s Director of Roads and Bridges Eng. Samuel Muhoozi