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Mao’s house survives demolition by KCCA

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Men stand near Mr Mao’s house part of

Men stand near Mr Mao’s house part of which the security wall was razed. PHOTO BY ABUBAKER LUBOWA. 

By FARAHANI MUKISA

Posted  Friday, January 17  2014 at  02:00

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Part of the security wall was razed to give way for the extension of a road leading to a site for a car bond.

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Kampala- Democratic Party president general Nobert Mao’s house in Kampala was almost brought down by Kampala Capital City Authority workers yesterday.

The house located in Ntinda, a Kampala suburb, was alleged to have been partly built in a road reserve. It had part of its security wall demolished as KCCA prepared to expand an access road to a proposed site.

“Why is it that only my house was attacked? Why would the contractor go beyond the agreed road plan of 10 metres wide? This is Jennifer Musisi’s deliberate plan to inflict pain on innocent people like me, using powers from above,” he said.

The outspoken politician said he had contacted the KCCA boss who denied involvement but blamed the incident on the “mistake of the contractor”.

Abu-Bakr Technical Services , was contracted to upgrade the road stretch of about 2 kilometres that passes through a residential area in Ntinda.

The demolition was halted after Mr Mao, Mr Mukasa Mbidde and other DP youth confiscated key machines and trucks used by the contractor.

KCCA deputy spokesperson Robert Kalumba, said the damage was regrettable.
Although, Mr Juma K. Kalema, the director of the contracted company apologised over the incident, Mr Mbidde insisted KCCA needed to stop acting with impunity.

“What KCCA have done is unlawful and regrettable, but there should be action to stop this from further happening,” he said.

Although the contractor had regretted the action, Mr Mbidde blamed KCCA for not carrying out efficient supervisions of its various projects.

However, Mr Kalema pleaded that Ms Musisi should not be dragged into the episode.

“I humbly request you [Mao] not to mention Ms Jennifer Musisi’s name in all this happening. She is innocent about it. It is the mistakes of my employees and I am taking full charge of the outcome,” he pleaded.

By press time, Mr Mao had gone into a closed door meeting with other DP leaders and the contractor to reach a consensus.

fmukisa@ug.nationmedia.com