KAMPALA – Nalongo Estates Company has agreed to hand over to Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) two acres of land at Centenary Park to pave way for the construction of the Kampala Fly Over following intervention by President Museveni.
On September 24, 2020, owners of Nalongo Estates, Ms Sarah Kizito and husband Godfrey Nyakana told the MPs during a tour of the progress of the flyover project that they had a running lease for the land and would not surrender any part of it to UNRA. The land is part of the 4.7 acres Kampala Capital City Authority-KCCA leased to the company.
Uganda National Roads Authority asked for two acres of the land to construct the fly over which Nalongo Estates agreed to surrender.
But KCCA Executive Director Dorothy Kisaka in an October 19 letter said that after numerous talks, they agreed that KCCA takes up the two acres and hands them to UNRA to start preparations for the construction as the talks on the other piece of land continues.
“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 Unra to enable the commencement of work,” Ms Kisaka said.
Ms Kizito on Thursday, 22 October 2020 told journalists that they are glad to hand over the 2 acres because that is what had been asked for and agreed upon. Kizito vowed to continue fighting for the remaining 2.7 that the government wanted to takeover.
“I thank President Museveni for being with us during the period of wrangles. The wrangles were as a result of groups that they were confrontational, but the President calmed them down. We have handed over two acres to KCCA and they are going to give us titles for the rest of the land (in the park),” she said.
The road construction will affect about nine businesses at Centenary park which rented space from the Estates Company.