Parliament Intervenes to Settle Centenary Park Grievancies as Gov’t loses Shs979M

Parliamentary Committee on Commissions, Statutory Authority and State Enterprise (COSASE) chaired by Bugweri County MP, Abdul Katuntu has commenced investigations into the issues surrounding Centenary Park in Kampala.

Last week the Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga gave instructions to the comment to investigate the matter within 10 days after a complaint from the Inspector General of Government (IGG), Irene Mulyagonja that she didn’t have powers to carry out the investigations yet a lot of government projects were being blocked.

At the center of the conflict is Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) and Nalongo Estates Limited which ismanaged by one Sarah Kizito. Both claim ownership of Centenary Park located on Jinja road.

Government projects stalling include; construction of 31 Kilometer water sewer by the National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC) which passes through the park and the construction of the Kampala Flyover by Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) as well as the relocation of the Uganda Electricity Distribution Company (UEDCL) power sub-station at the park.

The committee has commenced the investigations by receiving submissions from the agencies affected by the wrangles between KCCA and Nalongo Estates Limited; namely: UNRA, NWSC, KCCA and Nalongo Estate Limited.

Appearing before the committee, KCCA Executive Director, Jennifer Musisi said KCCA, the legal owner of the land in contestation entered into a management contract with Nalongo Estates in May 2006.

KCCA contends that the lease and management agreements executed with the company expired in May 2016 and vacant possession should have been handed over no later than December 31, 2016.

However, the Company has remained in occupation of the land and applied for renewal of the agreements and/or compensation for its structures on the land.

Failure by the contractors to access parts of the property and carry out the required works is likely to cause loss of public funds through delayed site access contractual claims.

In the case of NWSC, loss has already occurred and claims so far amount to Shs979, 915,048 and the loss is projected to continue to occur and to rise exponentially unless the impasse is resolved.

The committee chairperson, Katuntu requested Nalongo Estate Limited to prepare a response to the issues tabled by the different agencies on the second meeting which will take place tomorrow.

Katuntu noted that after receiving all the submissions, the committee will then determine the rightful owner of the land in contestation and a final report shall be issued for public consumption within one weeks.

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