KAMPALA Capital City Authority (KCCA) has issued an order halting construction of a multi-million complex at Nakivubo Stadium in the city centre.
The new structure under construction is built along the perimeter wall of the stadium. Upon completion, the complex will house over 100 lock-up shops and other sports facilities.
The construction of the structure is based on a Public Private Partnerships (PPP) that was proposed to uplift the stadium from its dire state.
In March 2013, Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) closed Nakivubo War II Memorial stadium after management defaulted on sh388m in tax remittances. The KCCA deputy spokesperson, Robert Kalumba yesterday revealed that the Authority had not yet approved the plan submitted by the developer, Ham Enterprises.
He also confirmed that the Authority had directed the developer to stop construction work until the project is cleared.
"KCCA received a proposal of a partnership between Nakivubo War Memorial Stadium and Ham Enterprises to provide facilities such as indoor games and shopping facilities," he said.
"The plan was reviewed by the physical planning committee of KCCA and it is pending a decision. However, we issued a stop order until they obtain the necessary final approval."
Kalumba warned that KCCA would 'enforce the law' if the developer continues with construction of the complex.
Netball acquire new home
If KCCA approve the works, netball is going to be the immediate beneficiary.
The perimeter wall that boarders the Parkyard market will soon be replaced by a storied structure that will house over 100 lock-up shops.
Under the agreement entered in by the Nakivubo board of trustees and Ham Enterprises to build a new perimeter wall that was gutted by fire is an understanding that the latter builds two new modern netball courts which are under construction.
A 400 spectator covered stand is already up in a new location just adjacent to the old courts behind the Kirussia stand. UNF has meanwhile been requested to find an alternative venue as work on the new facility continues.
Plans for a basketball court are also in the pipeline. According to Nakivubo spokesman Fred Kateregga Ham Enterprises owned by Kampala lawyer Hamis Kiggundu beat five other companies to the deal that will have him running the facility over a four-year period.
On completion of the work, the developer will have a one-year grace period before he starts recovering his money over another three-year period.