After long running squabbles, Sarah Kizito the proprietor of Nalongo Estates Limited, has caved in and handed over two acres of the Centenary Park land for the construction of the Kampala Flyover project.
Kizito, o her part, explained that the prior heated tensions were about the exact acreage of the land that Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) needed for the project.
However, now that these issues had been ironed out, she intimated, there is no need to put up a fight.
“We are very happy to hand it over and we are very happy with the new ED because she is very understanding,” Kizito said briefly.
Commenting on the development, UNRA’s Head of enforcement John Ssejemba pointed out that talks are ongoing with Nalongo Estates to secure some extra land.
“The land that is required for construction I think is about 4 and a half acres. And that’s what we are taking over as a construction site. The rest of the land talks are still continuing between Nalongo, KCCA and Government. So that will be handled at a later stage,” he intimated.
According to Ssejemba, the first phase of the project which seeks to alleviate traffic congestion within Kampala shall cost USD 82 million but they are yet to know how much the second phase will consume due to an ongoing procurement process.
Efforts to construct the Kampala Flyover Project hit a stalemate earlier after Nalongo Estates denied authorities to the land on grounds that she holds a running lease.