The Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) executive director Jennifer Musisi has officially handed over infrastructure worth Shs 6.9 billion to Makerere University in a pompous event that was also attended by the university administration and staff.
The handover ceremony took place on Wednesday, October 31 – with KCCA handing over the university’s main gate, 9 roads reconstructed with inbuilt drainage, street lights and paved walkways, a perimeter wall, 3 storied modern administrative and classroom blocks at Makerere College School, the renovated Makerere University hospital, parking bays and a tennis court.
The plan to develop this infrastructure was reached after KCCA and Makerere signed a memorandum of understanding to compensate the university with over Shs 6 billion worth of infrastructure after the former took over land belonging to the university for the expansion of Makerere Hill road.
While commissioning the main gate, Musisi noted that she met a lot of resistance and threats of being sued by people who claimed that it is a historical gate and should not be tampered with.
“There are people who were threatening to sue me over that gate, claiming it’s a historical gate, they have been threatening to sue us on every other project we have done in the city. When you are building Wandegeya market they take you to court, when you are doing the taxi park they take you to court but I am used to being taken to court because the projects would go on as we sort out court matters,” Musisi revealed.
Makerere University vice chancellor Prof Barnabas Nawangwe could not hide his gratitude. He acknowledged that following the commissioning of the newly constructed infrastructure, the university would never be the same again.
“The grand opening of MAK’s new main gate marked a climax of the largest infrastructure works in the history of Mak executed under the MOU between Mak and KCCA as compensation for land uptake for the expansion of Makerere Hill road,” Prof Nawangwe wrote on Twitter.
Most of the students welcomed the new infrastructure apart from a few students at the School of Law that neighbours the Makerere Hill road. The students expressed mixed feelings considering that the traffic on the road generates a lot of noise yet the university and KCCA have not done anything to better their sound systems in lecture rooms.