Businesses operating in Centenary park are set for eviction today after it was confirmed that Kampala City Council Authority (KCCA) would be handing over the operations of the park to Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA).
This follows a directive from President Museveni after he met with KCCA executive director Dorothy Kisaka at the State House in Entebbe on Monday, 19th October 2020.
Following the meeting, KCCA Director Dorothy Kisaka wrote to Nalongo Estates dated October 20, 2020, notifying them of the intention of KCCA to hand over the park operations to UNRA.
“His Excellency the President directed that the land surveyed and demarcated at Centenary Park for the Jinja Expressway should be immediately handed over to the Uganda National Roads Authority to enable the commencement of the national project,” reads the letter.
” I am therefore writing to notify you that on Thursday, October 22, the KCCA team will be at Centenary Park at 9:00 am for purpose of handing over the project site to UNRA so that the work can commence.”
Nalongo estates, which controlled and oversaw Centenary, would earlier not relinquish the land as the lease of ownership was renewed by the Kampala City Council Authority. This causes managerial disputes which prompted Parliament (Members of Parliament on the physical infrastructure committee) to summon the Attorney General. This was after they learnt that Nalongo Estates was holding on to the land for the project, pending a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with KCCA. The parliament had in 2017 instructed KCCA not to renew the contract and pave way for construction of the flyover. Nalongo Estates is owned by Sarah Kizito and her husband Godfrey Nyakana.
UNRA Personnel are already at Centenary Park this morning and say everything is going on smoothly. KCCA Director Dorothy Kisaka had also written to the commander of Kampala Metropolitan Police about the activities of the day to enable a smooth run.