BY OKELLO ALLAN
KAMPALA, Uganda|SHIFTMEDIA| President Yoweri Museveni has directed that Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) hands over Centenary Park in Kampala to the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) to pave way for teh construction of the Kampala Flyover Project.
The handover ceremony is taking place today at the Centenary park witnessed by KCCA Executive Director Dorothy Kisaka and UNRA Manangament.
The order is likely set to see government sued by the Nalongo Estates owned by SArah Kizito wife to former Kampala Mayor Godfrey Nyakana over a breach of contract.
President Yoweri Museveni made the orders following a meeting held on Monday, October 19, 2020, at State House Entebbe according to sources.
KCCA executive director Dorothy Kisaka, in a letter to Nalongo Estates dated October 20, 2020, notified them of the intention of KCCA to hand over the park to UNRA.
“H.E the President directed that the land surveyed and demarcated at Centenary Park for the Jinja Express Highway project should be immediately handed over to UNRA to enable the commencement of the national project. I am therefore writing to notify you that on Thursday October 22, KCCA team will be at Centenary Park at 9:00 am for purpose of handing over the project site to UNRA so that the work can commence,” Kisaka said.
The letter was copied to the Commander Kampala Metropolitan Police, who was notified to ensure that the exercise is peaceful and does not cause disruption.
UNRA media relations manager Allan Sempebwa confirmed the handover ceremony on Thursday morning at the park, noting that their team will be there to receive the demarcated sections. “Phase one was already going on well, but the contested issue is on the phase two of the project,” he said.
Attempts to evict Nalongo Estates from the park previously was met with resistance. The issue between Nalongo and UNRA was on what size of the land should be taken for the project.
In September this year, Members of Parliament on the physical infrastructure committee learnt that Nalongo Estates was holding on to the land for the project, pending a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with KCCA.
The legislators resolved to meet the Solicitor General to resolve the matter after it emerged that the compensation dispute was holding the construction of the flyover project.
The Kampala Flyover Construction and Road Upgrading Project, which is a sh684b project financed through a loan agreement between Uganda and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) had started accruing interest even though no work had been done at the Centenary Park site.