Centenary park row: President meets stakeholders, says development work must proceed


President Museveni has directed that the demolition of all the structures that stand in the way of the government projects in Kampala’s Centenary park should proceed on condition that Nalongo Estates, the firm that has been managing the park carries out the exercise.

The directive came after a four hour long meeting between the different stakeholders in the Centenary park row at State House in Entebbe on Friday.

The meeting was called after Kampala residents woke up to the sight of soldiers from the elite Special Forces Command keeping guard over the park a day after Parliament’s Committee on Commissions Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises had directed National Water and Sewerage Corporation to proceed with demolitions necessary to enable carry out its projects.

The parliamentary committee investigating the Centenary park land conflict had ordered the demolition of part of the park to pave the way for the construction of a sewer line, flyover and high voltage power lines. The committee had also sought assurance from IGP Kale Kayihura that the security of work on the site would be assured by police.

The meeting is said to have agreed not to renew the lease of Nalongo Estates which expired last year. Its reported that the stakeholders resolved to place issues of land compensation before a Commission of Inquiry before any further action is taken.

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