SFC soldiers deploy, take over Centenary Park

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COL Sabiiti Muzeeyi, Deputy Commander of the Ugandan Special Forces Command (SFC) speaks to soldiers at a dedication ceremony for a new sniper training facility.

Soldiers from the Special Forces Command, which provides security to the president, on Friday deployed at Centenary Park in Kampala after a directive by parliament to demolish all illegal structures.

Maj Chris Magezi, the SFC spokesperson, said the deployment was a joint security effort to ensure that things are done smoothly.

“We will be there until that matter has been amicably resolved,” Magezi said.

On Thursday, the parliamentary committee investigating the controversy on the leisure park lease tasked Inspector General of Police Gen. Kale Kayihura to oversee the demolitions.

The demolitions will be done by Kampala Capital City Authority [KCCA] which refused to renew Nalongo Estates lease after expiry.

Soldiers from the UPDF elite [SFC] will stay at Centenary Park as a police reinforcement until all structures have been demolished to pave way for government projects.

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The Uganda National Roads Authority will construct a flyover across parts of the park while National Water and Sewerage Corporation is set to lay water pipes.

President Yoweri Museveni has already summoned the parties involved to resolve the matter amicably.

But Amooti Nyakana, a director of Nalongo Estates accuses the Committee of Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises of unfairness and bias towards him.

He also accused KCCA Executive Director, Jennifer Musisi, of being unprofessional and taking issues personally.

KCCA spokesperson, Peter Kaujju, in response said Nalongo Estates lease on Centenary Park expired and KCCA was doing everything within the law.

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