Plot 1 Naguru hill, an eight-acre piece of land, was once dotted with rusty police unipots and pit latrines, but all that was razed.
It will now be replaced with a modern three-building complex to house the Justice Law and Order Sector (JLOS) office complex, the criminal justice house, police headquarters and appellate Courts, all worth $80m (Shs 208bn).
Under the new deal, by JLOS and police, the new police headquarters will have 13 floors, fitted with modern technology to secure occupants from criminals and terrorists.
It will also have decent accommodation and office space. Construction, which commences this year, will transform Naguru hill into a one-stop centre for delivering justice services to people.
"Government is ready to finance the construction of these buildings to save [money] which they (Government) have been spending annually on office accommodation. This money can be saved and used in other sectors," said Matia Kasaija, the state minister for Finance (Planning) at the handover, last week.
JLOS has contributed Shs 12bn to start construction as government, through ministry of Finance, looks for more funding from NSSF under the Build Own and Transfer funding arrangement.
Police Chief Gen Kale Kayihura said the buildings would solve the historic accommodation problems of Police and JLOS. The minister of Internal Affairs, Gen Aronda Nyakairima, handed over the land title to Principal Judge Yorokamu Bamwine.
Acting Chief Justice Steven Kavuma, in a speech read for him by Justice Bamwine, said he was pleased the police had not given the land to blue-chip investors instead.
"They chose the sector [JLOS], purposely to ensure the safety of the lives of the people of Uganda and the security of their property," he said.