Tuesday August 26 2014

National Housing to develop Kasokoso

By Lilian Namagembe

Kampala- National Housing and Construction Company (NHCC) has said it will start upgrading the controversial land in Kasokoso, a city suburb, by end of this year.

According to the National Housing information management officer, Ms Betty Amongy, the company expects to construct more than 10,000 housing units per year for low income earners, medium and middle class residents to fulfill their mandate.

Ms Amongy revealed the developments on Friday during the launch of the Shs7 billion Kiwana Apartments in Bugolobi.

“We have started with the sensitisation campaign and held other community meetings in some areas of Kireka, Banda and Kiganda about the new developments,” Ms Amongy said, adding that they do not expect a repeat of last year’s protests.

The residents of Kasokoso were locked in heated argument with the police and NHCC last year over the ownership of a strip of land that the latter claims ownership.

But area MP Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda told Daily Monitor in a phone interview last week that NHCC is covering up Shs13b they paid to Kireka Estates.
“Why not follow the procedures and wait for all the investigations by Parliament and other agencies,” Mr Nganda said.

Mr Felix Okoboi, the NHCC chief executive officer, said they have approved projects in Gayaza and Lubowa expected to roll out by the end of this year.