The fate of the much talked about Mubuku irrigation scheme phase II project still hangs in balance as government has failed to convince some of the landowners to vacate and give way for the project.
The establishment of Mubuku irrigation scheme phase II had brought cheers on the faces of thousands of farmers in Kasese as hundreds of pieces of land in the twin schemes would boost agriculture in the district.
The chief administrative officer Kasese district Harry Turyahebwa confirmed that they are facing challenges in implementing the project due to misunderstanding between some of the landlords regarding compensation of their land.
He said some people were demanding more money than the actual value attached to their land.
Turyahebwa added that the completion of the project stands at around 30% which he says is far below their anticipation.
He said several meeting have been held for the same cause saying in the final meeting, Ndahura Kashagama, a traditional leader of the Basongora, was given time to make his final decision about the amount hat he wants for his land.
Kashagama told The Nile Post that he has never received a documented request from the ministry of Water and Environment for his land.
He acknowledged that initially based on the measurements they did, the amount of land they will be taking is 16 acres however they claim to be taking 14.81 acres and to end the discrepancy he called for surveyors from both parties which has never been done.
Kashagama also rubbished claims that he has not been cooperating with government, saying he likes the project as it benefits all.