The Government has embarked on the process of handling grievances from people affected by the Oil refinery project in Hoima district.
Some of the residents claimed that their land and property were undervalued during the valuation process.
The Spokesperson of the refinery project, Bashir Hangi said that the grievance handling process started on Thursday in villages where people rejected the land compensation rates provided by the district.
Uganda plans to establish an Oil refinery on a 29 square kilometer piece of land in Kabaale parish in Buseruka sub county and has invited her East African counterparts to buy stakes in the refinery project expected to process 60,000 barrels of crude oil per day.
Some of the locals rejected the compensation rates of between sh3.5m and sh4m per acre of land in the 13 villages that are home to over 7000 people. Over sh70b was earmarked by government to compensate and resettle the residents.
The residents also queried the methods the government employed to determine the value of their property. Hangi said some of the land will be resurveyed during the process.
"We have started the grievance handling process. We are going to go back to all villages where there are queries," he added.
This comes after government trained the residents on personal financial management and enterprise selection ahead of their eviction.
Hangi explained that personal finance management consults hired by government also trained the affected residents on planning as a family unit instead of individual planning.
"We want to ensure that they can quickly adjust to a normal life in areas where they will be relocated to," he added.
Some of the locals asked government to revise the compensation rates upwards. The consultancy firm handling the resettlement action plan said it will forward the concerns of the residents in a report to government.