Centenary Park: Kayihura Commits to Ensure Peaceful Demolition

Uganda Police Force has committed not to allow disruption to the operations of National Water and Sewerage Cooperation (NWSC) while laying sewers at the contested Centenary Park.

The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Gen. Kale Kayihura made the assurance today while appearing before the Parliamentary Committee on Commissions, Statutory Authority and State Enterprise (COSASE) which is currently investigating conflicts over the Park between KCCA and Nalongo Estate Limited (NEL).

The IGP was summoned by the committee to explain why the police failed to respond to a request by KCCA to provide security while executing demolishing of illegal structures erected at the park.

KCCA Executive Director (ED), Jennifer Musisi had told the committee that the authority faced resistance and obstruction from NEL whenever they moved to effect the Arbitration Court ruling which ordered NEL to demolish all illegal structures at the park.

Musisi said when the officials from NWSC and KCCA went to the park to ensure progress of the construction of water pipelines, “NEL mobilized ‘goons’ that blocked them.”

To that effect, KCCA wrote to the Kampala Metropolitan Police Commander, Frank Mwesigwa to accord them security but Musisi says the police declined to respond to the letter.

Kayihura explained to the committee that at the time this happened he was out of the country but assured members that the police will ensure that legal orders are upheld.

COSASE Committee Chairperson, Abdul Katuntu thus ruled that the agencies should move and execute the projects as planned cautioning them to act humanely.

“All institutions should go ahead and do their work immediately, working together within the law with a human face,” Katuntu ruled.

Katuntu warned former Kampala Mayor, Godfrey Nyakana against mobilizing goons to sabotage work at the park that he risks being handled by the law.

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