After years of protracted feuding over the redevelopment of the Nakawa-Naguru estates into a modern satellite city, the tenants now say they support the project but want their interests considered.
Alex Odur, the General Secretary of the Nakawa-Naguru Estates Residents' Association Limited, says their about-turn follows the appointment of Adolf Mwesige as the Local Government Minister, replacing Kahinda Otaffire, a fierce critic of theirs.
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Odur says then they could not do much but vehemently resist the redevelopment of the estates because all channels of communication with the government were literally cut off.
Government in 2007 entered a public-private partnership with Opecprime Properties Limited in which the investor would develop the 161-acre estates into a satellite city to the tune of 600 billion shillings with the government contributing the land.
The tenants petitioned the Inspectorate of Government which filed a petition for judicial review in the High Court which sought to block the redevelopment.
High Court Judge Joseph Murangira dismissed the petition with costs saying it had been filed out of time and that the developer was wrongly involved because the investor should not be affected by the so-called wrong cabinet decision.
Odur says extending an olive branch to government does not mean they are reneging on their demands. He says they still want the government to do a phased redevelopment that suits their resettlement.
Odur also says other options include compensation, resettlement in another area or being given 50 acres of the estates' land for their own development.
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