A decade since the proposal was tabled, Jinja is yet to have its floating hotel on Lake Victoria. The idea was first suggested in 2003 and a 4.5 acre piece of land selected as the site for the hotel. The land is located on Plot M1, MA and 1B at Masese landing site in Jinja municipality.
The land is located on Plot M1, MA and 1B at Masese landing site in Jinja municipality.
In 2003, government through the Ministry of Agriculture Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF) sold the land to African Development Corporation, an Egyptian firm owned by Moustafa El Gendy.
13 years later, Jinja municipal leadership has still failed to secure the site's land title or relocate fish vendors at Masese landing site.
Joel Omara, Manager African Development Corporation, says the project is estimated to cost 20 billion to construct the floating hotel.
However, failure to relocate the fish vendors from Masese landing site has meant no work can go ahead.
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Simon Kaita, Jinja municipal Tourism officer, sees the construction of such a floating hotel, the first in Uganda,a great tourism and business boon for Jinja.
Magidu Magumba, Chairman Jinja beach management unit, says the fish vendors cannot move when Jinja municipality has failed to honour its agreement. He says the council had promised to construct toilets and fish slabs at the new site but has not done so yet.
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David Kyasanku Jinja municipality town clerk says the municipality has never received funds for construction of toilets and fish slabs at the new landing site in Masese from central government.
In 2002 former Uganda Investment Authority (UIA) executive director, Dr. Maggie Kigozi, confirmed an Egyptian investor planned to introduce the floating hotel idea in Uganda, by constructing one on Lake Victoria.