By Julius Businge
President Yoweri Museveni has today commissioned the construction of the ultra modern Nakawa-Naguru satellite town with a call to the constructors to implement the project on time and expose saboteurs, according to a media release from State House dated Oct. 14.
“Prove those ignoramus people and saboteurs wrong by building the satellite city on time,” Museveni said. He added that those people supporting the idea of having the ‘little houses’ in place are knowingly or unknowingly enemies of Uganda because they are killing the opportunities.
Why do you fight the building of storied houses? This is embarrassing and unacceptable. Corruption is the problem,” the president said.
Official construction begins today, Oct. 14. The satellite town is located in Naguru site, Nakawa division.
Museveni apologized to the contractors because of the delay in the implementation of the project and said he was embarrassed to perform the groundbreaking ceremony that has been frustrated for the last eight years.
He said that the only consolation is that the project is now taking off and called on the contractors to complete it on time.
The housing project will be developed in partnership with the Irish property Company; Comer Homes Group Company based in the United Kingdom and will be implemented under the Private-Public arrangement.
It will include residential, commercial and recreational facilities among others. The flats earmarked for displaced tenants will be completed in four years, and the rest of the facilities will take 10 years to complete.
In 2007, government signed a US $300 million (about 3.87trillion shillings) deal with OpecPrime Properties to turn the two dilapidated estates into satellite cities under a public-private partnership.
Official work started at the beginning of this year but the ground-breaking was awaiting approval from the authorities which is now complete.
Speaking on behalf of OpecPrime Properties, George Erenan pledged his company’s commitment to complete the project on time.
Cabinet ministers and Nakawa division leaders attended the function.