Armed soldiers from the elite Special Forces Command (SFC) have been deployed at the contested Centenary Park leisure green belt.
Parliament’s committee on Commissions, Statutory Authority and State Enterprises on Thursday okayed the demolition of part of the belt occupied by Nalongo Estates Limited owned by Sarah Kizito.
On Friday morning police deployed in the area in line with the recommendation of COSASE.
Parliament had also earlier asked the Inspector General of Police, Gen. Kale Kayihura to deploy in the area.
ChimpReports understands several uniformed officers from the SFC took positions together with the police.
The SFC Spokesman, Maj. Chris Magezi confirmed the development to ChimpReports on Friday, saying it’s a normal joint operation with police.
“It’s true we are in and there is nothing unique. We normally work together with sister security agencies,” said Maj Magezi.
He said the deployment is only a precautionary measure to prevent any violence at the contentious area.
The planned demolition is to give way to National Water and Sewerage Corporation to construct water pipelines.
The Centenary Park battle has pitted powerful business leaders against high ranking government officials.
Sarah Kizito and her husband Amooti Kizito, who is a senior ruling NRM party member, have accused KCCA (KCCA) Executive Director, Jenifer Musisi of nursing a personal vendetta against them.
The Centenary Park land belongs to KCCA. It was leased to NALONGO Estates.
While the lease expired, Ms Kizito claims she still owns the land.
She says she won’t move and won’t allow NWSC to lay sewerage pipes 8 metres deep in the ground.
KCCA, UNRA, NWSC and Parliament have for long asked her to leave the land which she does not own so that public infrastructure can be developed in vain.
What’s at stake?
NWSC is working on improving the Kampala Sewerage infrastructure some of which was installed 50 years ago.
In total, NWSC are doing 31kms of sewer lines in Kampala and building the largest sewerage treatment plant in East and Central Africa in Wankoko Bugolobi.
The plant will treat 45 milllion litres of water water per day and serve an equivalent of 850,000 people daily.
It will also help treat water from Nakivobo Channel before it goes to Lake Victoria.
The plant will also generate 0.6MW of electricity using biogas.
The Centenary Park section of the Sewer Network is only 700 metres of the 31kms NSWc is laying.
Officials say that section is important because it drains sewerage from Serena Hotel, Sheraton, Crested Towers, Garden City, Kitante Road and Kololo.