Parliament’s committee on Commissions, Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises (COSASE) has directed a private company, Nalongo Estates Limited (NEL) to give access to utility company National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC).
The directive was made by COSASE chairman, Abdu Katuntu during a meeting held today with Nalongo Estates Limited proprietors Sarah Kizito and Godfrey Nyakana; Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA), led by Executive Director, Jennifer Musisi, UNRA Executive Director, Allen Kagina and NWSC Managing Director, Dr. Silver Mugisha.
During the meeting, officials from NWSC accused Nalongo Estates of disrupting their work of laying sewerage pipes due to the ongoing wrangles between the company and KCCA over the land.
According to Dr. Mugisha, the blockade at Centenary Park has stalled their installation works, leading to an estimated loss of Ugx 979 million, and any further delays will incur more losses unless the impasse is resolved.
However, Kizito denied the accusations against her company, instead revealing that she signed an agreement with NWSC to continue with their work, amid the wrangles.
Presenting pictorial evidence to the legislators, Kizito said she had no problems with the utility body.
But Mugisha insisted that they had been blocked from accessing the central area, instead giving them a go-ahead to work in a smaller area.
The revelations angered a section of legislators who termed the actions of Nalongo Estates as deliberate sabotage of government infrastructure projects. Hon Katuntu then directed that NWSC should be given unlimited access to the site, effective tomorrow, in the company of police officers to avoid any interruptions.
The committee also directed the Inspector General of Police, General Kale Kayihura to appear before the committee tomorrow, then head to Centenary Park and ensure that works go on.
COSASE is currently investigating a complaint forwarded to Parliament by the Inspector General of Government, Irene Mulyagonja regarding the current wrangles on ownership of land between KCCA and Nalongo Estates.
Mulyagonja in her letter to Parliament stated that she did not have jurisdiction to handle the matter since Nalongo Estates is a private entity.
On Tuesday, KCCA ED, Jennifer Musisi told the committee that Nalongo Estates has remained defiant to vacate Centenary Park premises even after its lease expired on May 4, 2016.
Musisi said the authority declined a request from the company to renew its contract, on grounds that it breached the conditions of its earlier lease that did not allow the company to construct permanent structures on the land.
However, Kizito accused Musisi of having personal interest in the land, yet the council had resolved that the lease is renewed.
The committee revealed that it will meet with the council members over the matter.
Some of the reactions of people that were following the conversation online
This COSASE meeting on Centenary Park is serious. They haven't even touched the mandaazi and samosas in front of them
— Grace Natabaalo (@Natabaalo) July 5, 2017
— Michael Niyitegeka (@niyimic) July 5, 2017