Former Nakawa-Naguru residents petition Parliament
Former residents of the Nakawa-Naguru estate have petitioned the Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga over delayed development of their land by OPEC Prime Properties Ltd.
The tenants contend that since the 2007 Memorandum of Understanding with government, the developer has failed to implement the project, leaving thousands of former residents stranded.
The petitioners flanked by their Chairperson and KCCA LC 3 Councilor Simon Bariho and area MP Michael Kabaziguruka have asked the Speaker to prevail over government and give back the land to the people.
“The petitioners are concerned that upon signing the Memorandum of Understanding with the Government in 2007, there has been no evident development on the project site and furthermore no communication has been received by them elaborating on the causes of the delays nor any projections of when the developments shall commence, be completed and handed over…” he said.
Mr Barigo said that many people have continued to suffering exorbitant rent fees without any hope of getting what belongs to them and have instead recommended government to regain acquisition of the land,”
“The government should identify and allocate the land that was intended for the development of the 1747 flats to the petitioners and the tenants all-inclusive and grants them immediate possession of the Project site,” the petition reads in part.
Although government in October 2007partnered with OPEC Prime Properties Ltd, to turn the Naka-Naguru estate into a Satellite City, there is no development to date.
The project had initially failed to take off by 2010 when the developer asked government to evict the settlers who had allegedly caused the delay.`
Meanwhile, the speaker described this day as shameful.
“Really we are ashamed that the so called investor, 10 years later cannot even put up one brock on the property,” she said.
The Speaker promised that she would follow up the matter with the president, who commissioned the project.
The residents also fear that due to appreciation rates, the may lose their first priority to purchase the units at subsidized cost as was the initial condition for vacating the project site to pave way for construction.