The demolition of illegal structures has started today following President Yoweri Museveni and Parliamentary Committee on Commissions, Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises (COSASE)’s order commanding Sarah Kizito (owner) and husband Godfrey Nyakana to pave way for National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC) to carry out its projects on the land occupied by the park.
Last week, the Inspector General of Police(IGP) Kale Kayihura who was summoned by the committee to explain why police failed to respond to a request by KCCA to provide security while executing demolishing of illegal structures erected at the park, assured to work with Kampala Capital City Authority(KCCA) Executive Director Jennifer Musisi not to allow any kind of disruption when NWSC is laying sewers at Centenary Park premises.
The Thursday meeting resolved to demolish illegal structures immediately and that the disputed lease to Nalongo Estates should not be renewed.
Nalongo Estates had appealed to President Museveni, citing unfair treatment by the Parliament’s Committee on Commissions, Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises chaired by Bugweri MP Abdul Katuntu.
Nalongo Estates co-director, Mr Godfrey Nyakana who was found at the scene said he had no problem with the demolition because it’s a positive thing for development.
Nalongo Estates co-director, Mr Godfrey Nyakana speaks to journalists at Centenary Park on Monday. Photo by Stephen Wandera