KCCA, Sheraton hotel locked in gardens row

Public park. Sheraton Gardens also known as Jubilee Gardens in Kampala, which KCCA say must be opened to the general public. PHOTO BY ISMAIL KEZAALA

What you need to know:

  • Query. Sheraton Kampala Hotel’s management contract over Sheraton Gardens, a public park, expired years ago and Kampala Capital City Authority did not renew it.
  • Sunday Monitor’s Amos Ngomwoya enquires into why the hotel still monopolises the gardens and locks out members of the public.

KAMPALA. Sheraton Gardens, also known as Jubilee Gardens, is one of Kampala’s public parks and should ordinarily be open to the public.
But it remains a contentious matter at City Hall, with the political leadership asking questions why it continues to be a hired out to members of the public by Sheraton Hotel.
Sheraton hotel started managing the gardens in 2000 after signing a 10-year tenancy agreement with the then Kampala City Council (KCC), the predecessor of Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA).
Although KCCA terminated the contract in 2013, the former still manages the gardens in a manner, which city leaders say, is suspicious. According to information from KCCA, the gardens measure three acres.
Kampala City Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago is one of those wondering how the gardens still remain under the control of Sheraton hotel.
He said KCCA doesn’t collect any revenue from the management of the gardens yet lots of money is made out of them by renting out the space for events.
“As far as I know, there is no money that is remitted to KCCA by Sheraton hotel for using our gardens. They have commercialised it for their interests and as of now, we don’t know who gets what of the money collected. It’s a total absurdity,” Mr Lukwago said.

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