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Nyakana Finally Okays Centenary Park Demolition

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Godfrey Nyakana with Alex Esagala from NWSC

NRM Vice chairman in charge of Central region, Godfrey Nyakana has finally accepted the demolition of some structures at Centenary Park to allow laying of sewerage pipes by National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC).

On Monday morning, graders belonging to Dot services, contracted by NWSC were seen demolishing some of
the kiosks and restaurants at the facility located along Jinja road.

Nalongo Estates Limited, co- owned by Godfrey Nyakana and his wife Sarah Nyakana has in the past protested against the demolition of the facility citing malice by KCCA.

The matter reached to Parliament and Speaker Rebecca Kadaga sent it to committee of Commissions, tatutory Authority and State Enterprises.

The committee chaired by Abdu Katuntu on Thursday ordered for the demolition of the place.

However, speaking to journalists on Monday, Nyakana said they had agreed with other stakeholders to have part of the Centenary Park facility demolished to pave way for the laying of sewerage pipes.

“We have an agreement with NWSC so they can lay pipes and later the structures will be reinstated,” Nyakana said.

Asked why it had taken Nalongo Estates long to allow the exercise continue, the former boxer said some people had blown the whole saga out of proportion for their own benefits.

Nyakana blamed KCCA Executive Director, Jeniffer Musisi of influence peddling so as to have the facility razed down adding that it necessitated negotiations.

“Some people had blown it out of proportion saying that the whole facility was to be brought down and we had to protest.

However we are positive and will support development to continue,” he added.

Some of the restaurants affected by the demolition include Blue Africa, Indian, Chinese and Choma restaurants but according to Nyakana, these structures would be reinstated by NWSC as soon as they finish laying sewerage pipes.

“I wish they could work day and night so people who have been working can resume with their business.”

Put to task to explain whether the owners of the structures had been given enough time before being demolished, Nyakana said there was no time for that.

According to him, the conflict of interest by some individuals could not allow for that.

ChimpReports understands that only a small part of the Centenary Park facility will be put down to pave way for the laying of sewerage pipes.

However, when asked about the Kitgum House flyover, Nyakana said it will only take a small part, “not more than 40 metres’’ from the main road.

NWSC Director of Engineering, Alex Esagala who led the team told ChimpReports earlier that all structures sitting on sewerage lines are going to be demolished to pave way for new ones.

“The current pipes were installed 50 years ago when Kampala had a population of only 300,000 people. population has now grown more than 10 times to 4 million and expansion is inevitable,” he said.

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