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Buganda leases out over 140 acres of Kampala land

By Vision Reporter

Added 1st May 2009 03:00 AM

BUGANDA Land Board has leased over 140 acres of land in Kampala to a Finnish company to set up a housing project worth about sh120b.

By Herbert Ssempogo

BUGANDA Land Board has leased over 140 acres of land in Kampala to a Finnish company to set up a housing project worth about sh120b.

Equatorial Real Estates will operate in Buziga, a suburb where over 300 houses are to be constructed.

The company’s Chief Executive Officer, Lucas Kranck, said that contrary to claims by some people, the 200 families on the land would not be evicted forcefully. Instead, Kranck said, all the squatters would have an opportunity to purchase the land. “Everybody with a house should stay. They will be given an opportunity to buy the land at a fair price,” he told the press at Imperial Royale Hotel in Kampala on Thursday.

“We have to work with the community because our activities cannot succeed without their support.”

He said the price of the land would be between sh10m and sh16m. “We are working with the people to regularise their status to enable them acquire land titles.”

The company’s plans have caused uproar among some residents. About sh6b has been injected into the project.

The work already done includes four kilometres of roads.

Buganda leases out over 140 acres of Kampala land

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