14 February 2013

Uganda: Nakawa-Naguru Estates Construction to Start

The construction works for the Nakawa-Naguru housing estates into two satellite towns starts this May, government officials have said.

The developer, Opecprime Properties, a member of the UK Comer Group, has been tasked by the Government to start by constructing 1,747 flats to resettle the former tenants of the two estates within the first four years of the project. The entire project is to be implemented in 10 years.

Isa Gumonye, an assistant commissioner in charge of urban administration, said the contractor is set to start construction in May but was finalising design details of the project.

Gumonye told New Vision on Tuesday that the contractor and the Government were working on project design details and were harmonising issues with utility providers such as National Water and Sewerage Cooperation, UMEME and Kampala City Council Authority (KCCA) before embarking on the real construction work.

"You just don't start construction works on such a huge project without harmonising with other actors like National Environment Management Authority," Gumonye added. He said housing estate had been incorporated in the KCCA vision 2040.

Adolf Mwesige, the local government minister launched the redevelopment project of Nakawa- Naguru estates and handed over the site to the contractor in December but no work has been done so far.

Tenants from the Nakawa-Naguru estates were evicted in July 2011, to pave way for its redevelopment.

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