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Parliament has tasked relevant authorities to intervene and stop the ongoing construction of commercial buildings at the Nakawa-Ntinda junction in Kampala, saying the works are illegal and putting human life in danger.

The Speaker, Jacob Oulanyah, in a plenary session last afternoon, directed the Ministry of Works and Transport to act and stop ongoing construction works at the Nakawa-Ntinda junction, commonly known as Spear Motors.

The directive follows concerns raised by Kasilo County MP, Elijah Okupa about the ongoing construction works at the Spear Motors-Nakawa-Ntinda junction which he said is a reserve road.

“There is illegal construction going on at the space around the Spear motors –Ntinda junction. Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) claims that they are not aware of this development but we need to stop this illegal activity. It was stopped in the last Parliament but they have now fenced it off,” he said.

Okupa recounted that the 10th Parliament stopped several constructions works among them fuel stations that were being built illegally. He urged the Speaker to direct the respective ministries to act and stop ongoing construction works.

According to the Minister for Information, Communication and National Guidance, Chris Baryomunsi, illegal construction in gazetted areas is a challenge for the Uganda Land Board who have brought inspectors on board to address the issue.

He reminded the House that in 2020, the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development brought an amendment of the Act which was passed and this strengthened the physical planning board.

Baryomunsi observed that notwithstanding the existing legal framework, there are some Ugandans who continue to erect structures without necessary approvals.

To address this, the Minister noted that KCCA is working closely with the Ministry of Lands to detect such structures and take immediate action because there are laws to be followed.