Residents bicker over sale of rock

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Residents of Kachumbala Sub-county in Bukedea District have protested the decision by the sub-county to lease Kachumbala rock to a private firm, citing possible accidents to surrounding institutions.

The residents under the Bukedea Citizens Parliament accuse the sub-county authorities of using secretive method of leasing the rock to Ironical Investment Company in 2009 for an alleged time frame of 49 years.

Mr John Walter Akol, the speaker Bukedea Citizens Parliament, told Daily Monitor that the rock is surrounded by four institutions which include a primary school, health centre 3, a Catholic Church and the sub-county headquarters.

“Besides not consulting with the institutions here, the architects who leased the rock did not consider the impact it will have on the various institutions during the blasting process,” Mr Akol said.
He said they need the officers who leased out the land to be brought to book and also refund the money received.

Mr James Kauka, the chairperson Kachumbala Sub-county said he inherited the matter from his predecessor in 2011 and that Shs15m was received from the company to survey the sub-county land.

Other plans
However, the district chairman, Mr Moses Olemukan, said he got to learn that the rock was leased out for 45 years to Ironical Investment Company at a later stage.
Mr Olemukan also noted that the same rock has been earmarked as holding point for water reservoirs by ministry of Water, where tanks that will supply water to areas of Kidongole, Kachumbala and parts of Bukedea town will be built.

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