While on a visit in Uganda last year, the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi endorsed the construction of the centre in memory of India’s icon, Mahatma Gandhi whose ashes are believed to have been sprayed on the banks of river Nile following his death in 1948.
Uganda’s Ambassador to India, Mohammed Kezaala has revealed that
Jinja municipal council lacks the proposed 10-acre piece of land to enable
construction of the Mahatma Gandhi recreational centre.
While on a visit in Uganda last year, the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra
Modi endorsed the construction of the centre in memory of India’s icon, Mahatma
Gandhi whose ashes are believed to have been sprayed on the banks of river Nile
following his death in 1948.
The construction process will be funded through a grant from the Indian
government, however, municipal authorities argue that officials from India’s
high commission to Uganda have never addressed them on the progress of the
The recreation facility will comprise of a five-star hotel, Mahatma Gandhi
cultural centre, conference centre, Museum, Arts and crafts village, Car cable
infrastructure, and observatory bridge.
Kezaala says that Uganda’s embassy to India is liaising with India’s High Commission
to ensure that, local authorities are sensitized on the project.
He adds that, since the project was addressed to the President without
involvement of the local authorities, most councillors mistake it for a land
Kezaala stresses that all local leaders shall be consulted on the different
developments preferable to them at the source of the Nile.
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While addressing a joint council of councillors from both Jinja central division
and the municipality at Jinja town hall on Thursday, Kezaala says that the multi-billion
project will require a 10-acre piece of land but the available land is only
Kezaala further says that more consultations are being made on the progress of
the project and Jinja municipal authorities have to acquire more land of at
least eight acres which is a good start for the construction process.
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Molson Bizitu, the Speaker of Jinja municipal council says that it is the first
time, for councillors have been informed about the proposed redevelopment of
the source of the Nile.
Bizitu adds that the council will enter a partnership with Jinja
Golf Club which is the biggest landowner neighbouring the source of the Nile to
enable construction of the recreation centre.