Parliament’s Committee on Commissions, Statutory Authority and State Enterprise (COSASE) has started investigations into the Centenary Park land row between Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA), Nalongo Estates and three other government entities.
The investigation follows a directive from Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga for the committee chaired by Bugweri County MP Abdu Katuntu to inquire into the matter within 10 days.
Kadaga’s directive followed a letter from the Inspector General of Government (IGG), Irene Mulyagonja, requesting parliament to take interest into the matter.
Justice Mulyagonja noted that her office had been informed that colossal sums of public funds had been lost because of delays in three government projects that are supposed to be carried out as a matter of urgency.
While appearing before COSASE Tuesday, KCCA Executive Director Jennifer Musisi noted that the city authority legally owned the land at Centenary Park for which business woman Sarah Kizito had refused to vacate following the expiry of her management contract with the city authority.
Musisi said the management contract awarded to Kizito’s firm, Nalongo Estates, in 2015 for three plots of land expired on May 4, 2016 and vacant possession should have been handed over not later than December 31, 2016.
Musisi, however, notes that Nalongo Estates Ltd continues to occupy the land even when KCCA has notified the company to vacate and pave way for government projects.
She says that Nalongo Estates Ltd insists on being granted a lease before other projects at the park can go ahead with a view of negotiating with government agencies.