KCCA Demolishes Structures at Centenary Park

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At least 11 building structures have been destroyed as Kampala Capital City Authority—KCCA law enforcement officers started demolitions at the Centenary Park gardens on Thursday.

Kampala Capital City Authority—KCCA law enforcement officers with the protection of the police have this morning razed down at least 11 structures at the Centenary Park gardens.

KCCA officials say the buildings were constructed in contravention of the contract terms that required semi-permanent structures. The buildings include Kids Avenue, Effendys Bar and Chinese Restaurant among others.

The authority's physical planning department had earlier issued a 90-day vacation notice that was to expire on October 1. KCCA publicist Robert Kalumba says the city authority was acting in the means provided by law in demolishing the structures. He adds that KCCA has plans for open spaces on the site where the buildings rested.

Heavy police deployment remains visible at the scene as the demolition exercise continues.

Earlier this week, KCCA’s legal office dismissed attempts by Nalongo Estates Limited, one of the companies managing centenary park, to negotiate so as to save the Park from demolition.

KCCA legal head Peter Okura pointed out in his letter dated September 21 that the contract signed between the tenants and the authority did not include clauses of arbitration settlements and it would violate the terms if they had any formal discussion with Nalongo Estates.

It is not clear why KCCA moved to put down the structures before the deadline on October 1st.

On Monday the KCCA council had halted the demolition process, accusing the technical wing of applying the law selectively and acting independent of other organs of the city authority.

But the director for physical planning Joseph Semambo told URN on Tuesday this week that all legal methods were followed and that he saw no argument in the councilor’s case. He further noted that the authority has been cracking down on all illegal structures pointing to recent demolitions at Nile Avenue where a car showroom was razed down.