State H’se Wants Mapeera H’se Vacated Over M7 Security
By Our Reporters
Credible reports reaching us indicate that for some time there has been a quiet dispute between the leadership of Centenary Bank (and by proxy the Catholic Church) over the alleged security danger the famous Mapeera house poses to State Lodge Nakasero which is one of President Museveni’s residences.
Reliable State House sources say that the Catholic Church leadership has been under pressure to take care of the President’s security concerns relating to their very tall Mapeera tower whose two highest floors make it possible for anybody carefully stationed there to have full view of the Nakasero facility and thereby putting the President’s life in probable danger.
SFC leaders have been arguing that ill-intentioned actors could clandestinely access the highest floor of Mapeera house and use it as a vintage point to have prolonged spying missions on the number one citizen’s residence for purposes of planning terror operations. “When you are there you will clearly see everything in that entire Nakasero neighborhood and not only the State Lodge and this is a facility we have no control over.
We can’t determine who accesses the building at that point and what they plan from there,” said a reliable SFC source. Commanded by Col Nabaasa, the SFC is the elite force primarily charged with overseeing the President’s personal security and his immediate family members. As such the force always takes strategic secretive studies aimed at assessing any potential threats to the Principal from time to time.
Reliable sources say originally the plan was to ask KCCA to take up the matter with Centenary bank leadership with a view of agreeing on possible adjustments that can be made. This plan was, however, abandoned after it appeared to the State House security handlers that such protracted negotiations involving such a very powerful institution would put the KCCA ED Jennifer Musisi in more stressful situations at a time she was still recovering from the bruised relationship her technical wing had with Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago in his previous term.
State House, many of whose influential bureaucrats are Catholics, then opted to take up the matter directly with the Catholic Church leadership which 100% owns Centenary bank and by extension Mapeera House.
“The State House team’s major concern was that the topmost two levels of the complex were the problem and a quick solution had to be found,” said a source privy to the security concerns the intelligence apparatus had.
“It was agreed that the owners forfeit the highest two floors in order to take care of the security concerns of the president’s handlers. The Catholic Church leadership was made to see this was important for the integrity and privacy of the President’s residence.”
Sources say the State had offered to pay monthly cash to the bank to compensate for the business foregone for the two floors but, fearing to be accused or misunderstood for unprincipled compromise, the Catholic Church leadership opted to decline the financial indemnity the State was offering.
The other proposal was for the state operatives to take occupancy of the two topmost floors and pay rent to the bank like any other tenant but this too was rejected on grounds that banking business is too sensitive and that, however clandestine, the presence of security offices once discovered would scare off many customers to the detriment of Centenary bank as a business.
This isn’t the first time the state is interfering with private entities’ quiet enjoyment of property. In the 1990s a dispute raged between a one Okello whose residence originally was what became Okello House. The argument was that his towering residence deprived the president of all his personal privacy as his family members would effortlessly peep into the big man’s bed room.
In the end, Okello agreed to rent out his house to the State which annually pays him lots of money. His family had to relocate in an out of court settlement the two parties reached.