Nakivubo Stadium and National Council of Sports (NCS) having acquired the land titles that give them ownership of the land where the facilities are seated, State Minister Charles Bakabulindi is left with only Mandela National Sports Complex Namboole to accomplish his mission
By Johnson Were
Nakivubo Stadium and National Council of Sports (NCS) having acquired the land titles that give them ownership of the land where the facilities are seated, State Minister Charles Bakabulindi is left with only Mandela National Sports Complex Namboole to accomplish his mission.
Bakabulindi revealed this in his speech at Lugogo on Tuesday at a ceremony where he officially handed over the acquired land title to NCS chairman Bosco Onyik in the presence of both the ministry and Council members.
“I’m very happy today that we are no longer squatters but owners of the land we have fought for since I became minister and I can now officially declare that this victory achieved and our next move is Namboole,” Bakabulindi stated.
State minister for sports Charles Bakabulindi presents the land title for NCS sports Complex acquired on September 16,2014. PHOTO/Johnson Were
“It has been a long story and many people don’t understand when we tell them that have just got ownership, but we have fought many court battles including a certain Asian group that claimed that they received that land before Amin came to power,” Bakabulindi added.
The acquisition of the title of the 11-acre piece of land ends worries that the sports complex would fall prey to land grabbers wreaking havoc all over the country.
He cited the Lugogo sports grounds and the land next to Shell Lugogo that was claimed by private individuals.
NCS acquired a 99 year lease for plot 2-10 Coronation Avenue on July24, 2014.
NCS secretary Jasper Aligawesa lauded district land board officials for the support and said it’s the biggest achievement since he came to office in 2005.
“We thank the district land board chairman Nsibambi and commissioner for lands Mulinde Mukasa that valued sports and gave us the title,” an excited Aligawesa stated.
“Having this title is just not ownership, but power and wealth, because we are now going to start planning on how we can implement our plans of redeveloping this place to a real standard sports centre,” he stressed.
The 10-acre land holds cricket oval ground, tennis courts, the hockey ground, MTN Arena, UOC block, and the Lugogo Hostel.
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