Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni on Monday commissioned the construction of the ultra modern Nakawa-Naguru satellite town with a call to the constructors to implement the project on time and expose saboteurs.
“Prove those ignoramus people and saboteurs wrong by building the satellite city on time. A lot of time was wasted. When you come to Nakawa some people say those little houses should stay there. That person is knowingly or unknowingly an enemy of Uganda because he is killing the opportunities. Why do you fight the building of storied houses? This is embarrassing and unacceptable. Corruption is the problem,” he said.
President Museveni was speaking during the ground breaking ceremony to kick start the construction today at the Naguru site in Nakawa division in the capital Kampala.
The president expressed regret over the delay in the implementation of the project and said he was embarrassed to perform the ground breaking ceremony that has been frustrated for the last eight years.
He said that the only consolation is that the project is now taking off and called on the contractors to complete it on time.
The housing project will be developed in partnership with the Irish property Company; Comer Homes Group Company based in the United Kingdom and will be implemented under the Private-Public arrangement. It will include residential, commercial and recreational facilities among others. The flats earmarked for displaced tenants will be completed in four years, and the rest of the facilities will take 10 years to complete.
In 2007, the Ugandan government signed a $300m (about 3.87trillion shillings) deal with OpecPrime Properties to turn the two dilapidated estates into satellite cities under a public-private partnership. Official work started at the beginning of this year but the ground-breaking was awaiting approval from the authorities which is now complete.
Speaking on behalf of OpecPrime Properties, George Erenan pledged his companys’ commitment to complete the project on time.
The function was attended by cabinet ministers and Nakawa division leaders.