Nalongo Estates Limited (NEL) General Manager, Sarah Kizito together with her personal consultant and former Kampala Mayor, Godfrey Nyakana today found trouble convincing the Parliamentary Committee on Commissions, Statutory Authority and State Enterprise (COSASE) about their claimed ownership of Centenary Park.
The two appeared before the committee with one of the company lawyers, Anani Mutabazi to submit their case on allegations that the company has delayed a number of government infrastructural projects that are proposed to take place at Centenary Park.
Kampala Capital City Authority leased the land under conflict to Nalongo Estate Limited and the lease title expired on May 4, 2016, but NEL has since refused to vacate the premises.
KCCA Executive Director, Jennifer Musisi told the committee that despite NEL applying for the renewal of the lease, the authority declined to grant after finding out that the company had breached the earlier contract.
NEL MD Mrs Sarah Kizito on the other hand accuses Mrs Musisi of harboring personal interests in the said land, considering that without clear reasons she refused to renew the contract.
“NEL has developments on the land that were approved by KCCA. However, the ED as a person refused to sign or instruct the appropriate person to renew the lease despite submitting all the requirements and documents that would necessitate the renewal of the lease,” Kizito told the Committee denying any bleach of the contract with KCCA.
She added that the council which she believes has all the powers to renew the contract sat in Entebbe on May 18, 2017 and resolved to have the lease renewed.
Committee members asked Kizito whether she recognizes that the ED had powers to renew the lease contract to which she admitted, adding however that the ED is acting with malice and ill-will.
However, Musisi told members that she was aware of the meeting that took place in Entebbe, adding that there is a draft minute which report pends adoption. It however resolves that the report should be adopted upon advice by the technical team.
“My advice was that national projects should be given priority; I will implement any resolutions that are considered lawful,” Musisi said.
The Committee has resolved that it will on a later date invite the council members as witnesses to committee as well as visiting the Centenary Park before coming up with the final report.