Expropriated Residents threaten to Sue Nyagatare District

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By Kalinda Brenda

An artistic impression of four star hotel-residents are threatening to drag district leaders to court if they fail to pay them expropriation fees including an interest on these funds.

Hundreds of Nyagatare district residents are threatening to drag district leaders to court if they fail to pay them expropriation fees including an interest on these funds.

In 2012, the district asked 262 people who had acquired ’20 by 50′ meter plots worth Rwf 500,000 each, to surrender them to Eastern Province Investment Corporation (EPIC) for the construction of a Rwf 2.5 billion – four star hotel, a joint venture between the district and the private sector.

Affected residents are mostly from Mirama viallge of Nyagatare sector.

The district promised to give them other plots in exchange, but this didn’t happen. Currently the hotel construction is at completion phase and will be launched in May.

“We would have benefited from our land but the district took it away without compensation.  The district should negotiate with us otherwise we might sue,” said Kayitesi Caritas one of the residents.

Affected residents are willing to have a discussion with the district and solve the matter amicably but should this option fail, they said they are ready to go to court.

The district acquired the land without an alternative to give to the land owners.

“The district should understand that our land is not an offer we pledged to them; we need to be paid with interest.”

Although this remains an equation to be solved, the district says that it is evaluating the number of residents who should be paid.

“We are still counting to find the exact number of residents who should be expropriated. Once we get the exact number we will call them and have a final conclusion on the issue,” Kayitare Didas, vice mayor in charge of economic affairs told Rwanda Eye.

Kayitare said, of the 269 residents complaining, nine of them have been given back their land and are now being helped to get land titles.

The district is likely to reimburse an estimate Rwf 134.5 Million in compensation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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