Nakawa-Naguru estate sites handed over to developer

Residents of Nakawa Estate laundering before demolition of the houses in July. The developer has been shown green light to start work.

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Work to start. The developers from the UK have met local government ministry officials and are set to meet President Museveni.

Arrangements for construction of the Nakawa-Naguru estates have been finalised, four years after the signing of the partnership agreement between government and the developer.

The developer has also received the project site and titles, a move seen to pave way for the construction.
The handover was prompted by the arrival of the United Kingdom based billionaire, Luke Comer of Comer Group-UK, who are implementing the project through Opec Prime Properties.
Mr Comer flew into the country on Tuesday.

Government condemned the dilapidated estates in the 1990s and later allocated the land to the UK-based estate developer to turn the estates into a satellite city.

The delay
But redevelopment was stifled by disputes between the government and tenants, who despite several notices asking them to vacate the premises, had refused to move, citing lack of alternative homes.

In July, Police and Kampala Capital City Authority enforced the eviction by dispatching bulldozers to knock down the buildings.

The UK delegation has visited the site where they met various local authorities led by the deputy Resident City Commissioner, Mr Kintu Mande, and others.

Mr Comer also met Local Government Minister Adolf Mwesige and the Acting Permanent Secretary, Mr Patrick Mutabwire.

The delegation is also slated to meet President Museveni over the same matter.

Mr Comer came a week after the project implementation team interfaced with various government departments and local service providers.

During the meeting with Mr Mwesige, the Comer delegation briefed him and his officials on current progress and the steps involved in delivering the project.

President Museveni, who in 2009, met the Comer group directors in London, ordered that the project should be implemented, after visiting some of the Comer developments in London.