Police and plain clothed men have this morning (Tuesday) started the demolition on Nakivubo Stadium which has been a centre of controversy after a court order that stopped the Board of Trustees of Nakivubo War Memorial Stadium from terminating the agreements it signed earlier with three companies to redevelop the facility. The demolition is expected to pave way for redevelopment by businessman, Hamis Kiggundu.
The elected leaders of Kampala led by the Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago are to petition of the speaker of parliament Rebecca Kadaga over yesterday’s eviction of traders and demolition of stalls at the Nakivubo Park Yard Market.
According to Mr Joseph Mugume, the manager of Kalita Transporters Limited, someone called him in the early hours of Tuesday morning saying that some civilians were demolishing everything.
“We are now puzzled because when we reached the venue, bulldozers were excavating everything and when we approached old Kampala police, no help was given to us,” Mr Mugume said.
Mr Mugume who said he had just signed a five year contract with the stadium management added that he has no option but to court following the demolition of his work place.
In a related development, Yesterday morning unknown persons backed by police razed down the market on the directive of Kampala minister Betty Kamya who had given them 30 days to vacate and allow room for redevelopment of the area. The minister argued that the market did not meet basic planning requirements and that KCCA would not gazette it because it is illegal.
Now according to Lukwago, this is a matter which needs parliament’s intervention, adding that they have already secured an appointment with the speaker and are set to deliberate on the matter on Wednesday .
He said that the ongoing trend of redevelopment in the city is not sustainable and the only option they have is to engage the speaker.
Over 15,000 traders were operating from the market with many working there for the last 30 years.