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KCCA, Parliament Land Dispute Takes New Twist

In his letter, Baguma notes that during the re-designing of the Road system around Parliamentary building, the former Police Headquarters and the Finance ministry, part of Sir Apollo Kaggwa Road was blocked off from the Crested Towers round about and that the GHOGM gardens initially formed part of the Finance ministry land.
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The dispute between Kampala Capital City Authority-KCCA and parliament over the ownership of CHOGM gardens has taken a new twist as Uganda Land Commission-ULC moves to grant parliament a land title. KCCA accuses parliament of encroaching on the CHOGM gardens for the expansion of its chambers.

 

 

In a November 22 letter addressed to the Clerk to Parliament, Jane Kibirige, the Director Physical Planning KCCA directs parliament to halt the ongoing construction of the 180 billion Shillings Chamber, saying the building plan was never authorized by the Authority.

"Reference is made to approval no. 715/17 of your building application dated 3rd August 2017 to expand the existing Parliamentary Chambers on plots 13 -15 Parliamentary Avenue and 16- 18 Apollo Kaggwa Road. Following our mandatory inspections conducted on your site on 13th November 2017, it was observed that the design for the new chambers had been altered." reads part of the letter signed by Moses Atwine, the Director Physical Planning in KCCA.

 

He also notes that the planned development by parliament will encroach on the open space along Apollo Kaggwa road, which is currently used as CHOGM gardens. The City Authority also noted that part of the roof on the eastern side of the revised structure will hang over the reserve of Siad Barre road.

However, new correspondences accessed by URN show that Uganda Land Commission is in the process of issuing parliament a title for the contested land covering the CHOGM Monument Park. The Commission Chairperson, Baguma Isoke wrote to the speaker of parliament on November 22nd communicating the decision.

 

"It is now clear that the triangular shaped land where stands the CHOGM monument is the extension which Parliament applied for. I am now taking steps to survey that piece of land, produce deed plans and issue a new Certificate of Title with the ownership being Uganda Land Commission (the Parliament of Uganda)." reads Baguma's letter.

 

He was responding to a letter from the Clerk to Parliament, Jane Kibirige addressed to the Commissioner Surveys and Mapping over the said land. 

In his letter, Baguma notes that during the re-designing of the Road system around Parliamentary building, the former Police Headquarters and the Finance ministry, part of Sir Apollo Kaggwa Road was blocked off from the Crested Towers round about and that the GHOGM gardens initially formed part of the Finance ministry land.

On the same date, Baguma wrote to the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Lands, Dorcus Okalany requesting her to cause cadastral survey and production of deed plans to enable the titling process to commence. 

This morning, the Clerk to Parliament Jane Kibirige wrote to M/S Ssentoogo and Partners, the Architects and Planning Consultants of parliament about the cadastral survey and deed plans for the CHOGM Monument Park.

 

 

"Reference is made to the two letters dated 23rd November 2017 to the Speaker of Parliament and the Commissioner Surveys and Mapping from the Chairman, Uganda Land Commission informing the Speaker that the land covering the CHOGM Monument Park is going to be surveyed and deed plans produced to issue a new Certificate of Title with the ownership being Uganda Land Commission (the Parliament of Uganda)." reads part of Kibirige's letter.

She directs the Architects to take appropriate action so that the ongoing construction work isn't interrupted. Chris Obore, the Director Communications and Public Affairs in Parliament, has confirmed the developments saying parliament applied for the CHOGM garden land so that it can be used by its visitors.

 

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However, Peter Kaujju, the KCCA Spokesperson, says the Authority in Charge of Planning and approving any construction plans. "We have been in touch with Parliament and guided them on what needed to be done. So, I am wondering what the connection is between approval for the plan and them asking for a title. It's an issue of planning and we guided them on what needed to be done," said Kaujju.

Asked what the Authority's guidance was to parliament, Kaujju asked for more time, saying he was held up in a meeting.               

KCCA approved the expansion of the parliamentary chambers on plots 13 -15 Parliamentary Avenue and 16- 18 Apollo Kaggwa Road on August 3rd 2016.                                                                                                                  

The construction work kicked off this year following a year of allegations and collusion between rival firms and technocrats during the tendering process. 

 

Roko Construction Company is expected to construct a new state of the art Chamber, modify the existing one and build a Hall of Honour. 

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