Officials from Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) have expressed worry that the conflicts between the Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) and Nalongo Estates Limited over Centenary Park might affect the construction of the Kampala Flyover.
The officials led by the UNRA Executive Director, Allen Kagina were appearing before the Parliamentary Committee on Commissions, Statutory Authority and State Enterprise (COSASE) to present their case on the contentious matter.
Government signed the US$200M loan agreement with Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) for the project in September 2015. The loan became effective in February 2016 and covers civil works ($186m) and construction supervision ($14m).
UNRA Head of Design, Patrick Muleme told the committee that government has ear marked a total of Shs70bn to cover the cost of land acquisition which is currently on-going.
Muleme noted that the project specifically Kitgum House Flyover which will run through the Centenary Park requires a total of 5.85 acres to be surrendered by the legal owner of the said land.
“Following the process we undertook for the project of obtaining the properties and lands obtained, we basically commenced the process of obtaining the rightful owners to subsequently verify and proceed with the compensation; in that process, we were informed by KCCA that actually they own that land and KCCA since they were counterparty to the project they gladly gave us the land for free,” Muleme said.
In fear that the project might be stalled by conflicts between KCCA and Nalongo Estates Limited, UNRA implored KCCA not to renew the lease of Nalongo Estates for Plot 96A-100A Kitante Road for the sake of the Kampala Flyover Project.
Kitgum Flyover (Centenary Park) is very crucial in linking the Kampala Flyover with the Express ways: the project will affect property which include; Electoral Commission (2.7 acres), Kibuli Police (3.84 acres), Uganda Railway Cooperation (8.7acres), Mukwano industries (2.08acres), Postal Office (0.65acres) and Pan African Square (0.8acres).
KCCA contends that the lease and management agreements executed with the company which was signed in May 2006, 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.
Nalongo Estate Limited presented by Sarah Kizito and Godfrey Nyakana will be presenting its submission to the committee over the wrangles that are affecting several government projects.