The Select Committee investigating grabbing of Nabagereka Primary School and other Public land on Tuesday 7th April 2015 met with representatives of the Nakivubo sports fraternity from Nakivubo War Memorial Stadium and Sports at the Parliament.
The sports fraternity led by Mr. David Kyambadde were presenting a petition to look into the illegal takeover of the land at the Nakivubo Stadium.
Mr. Kyambadde stated that the Nakivubo War Memorial Stadium was established as a national monument and similarly serves as an annex for educational institutions to use as a playground.
“It is because of all these reasons that Nakivubo should be protected and respected,” Mr. Kyambadde said.
Mr. Kyambadde said that the stadium occupied 13 acres including its surrounding environment and the playground.
He pointed out that most of the surrounding land has been turned into shopping centres, car parks and car washing bays among others.
Hon. Kasiano Wadri, a member of the committee however wondered whether the fraternity had lodged a complaint to the Uganda Land Commission and the Board of Trustees of the Stadium and asked who they thought was responsible for the land takeover.
In response, Ms Maureen Mulangira, a member of the Nakivubo sports fraternity said they had written formal complaint to the Board of Trustees, Kampala City Council Authority (KCCA), Inspector General of Police, the President and the Prime Minister’s offices.
“Even after raising these issues we were shocked to see KCCA operatives supervising the illegal constructions on the land,” Ms Mulangira retorted.
She cited Ham Shopping Mall, Kitandwe, John Bosco Muwonge, Kalita and telecommunication masts as some of the encroachers and illegal structures on the land.
Hon. Wilfred Niwagaba and Hon. Mathias Mpuuga, both members of the select committee proposed that the sports fraternity should be treated as whistle-blowers.
“They need to be protected for furnishing the Select Committee with information that is vital to the investigation,” Hon. Mpuuga said.
The Chairperson of the Select Committee, Hon. Migadde pledged to use the information the Nakivubo sports fraternity has provided the committee resourcefully.
“We promise to not only discuss but to visit Nakivubo and ask that you remain accessible to the Committee in the event that we need you again during the investigations,” Migadde said.
This meeting follows the request by the Nakivubo Sports fraternity to meet with the Select Committee Investigating the takeover of Nabagereka Primary School land and other Public Land.
According to Daily Monitor, President Museveni directed the Ministry of Education and Sports to handover Nakivubo stadium to an investor for redevelopment.
In a March 2 letter to Education minister Jessica Alupo, the President said he was endorsing the redevelopment of the stadium since it was in a sorry state to the extent that “FIFA banned it from hosting international matches”.