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FDC youth mull court action over leasing of Nakivubo land

By Wilson Manishimwe

Added 6th March 2017 09:39 PM

Nakivubo was established by the colonial government in 1954 in the memory of Ugandans who had lost their lives in the Second World War

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FDC spokesperson Ssemujju Nganda addressing the media during the FDC weekly briefing at the party headquarters in Najjanakumbi. Photo by Godiver Asege

Nakivubo was established by the colonial government in 1954 in the memory of Ugandans who had lost their lives in the Second World War

The Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) Youth League is in final stages of taking Government to court over leasing Nakivubo War Memorial Stadium land to businessman Hamis Kiggundu of Ham Enterprises. 

According to the party spokesperson Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda, they can't let such national property of historical importance fall into private hands. He said by the end of next week, the youth wing will have filed a case. 

"The youth league is in final stages of consultations with the legal secretary, we shall soon take court action" he stated.

Ssemujju said Nakivubo was established by the colonial government in 1954 in the memory of Ugandans who had lost their lives in the Second World War and later Uganda's Parliament passed the Nakivubo War Memorial Act.

He blamed the Ministry of Education and Sports for not coming out to stop the leasing of the stadium land saying, many youth use it to develop their talents in sports and other activities.

During the weekly press briefing at party's headquarters in Najjanankumbi, Ssemujju also said it's high time individuals or investors who have illegally acquired property realize that they will lose it once the NRM leaves power.

"Asians who lost land during Amin's regime came back after his downfall and regained their property. We have seen a lot of land being taken away for example Kololo SS land, railway grounds land and many others," he stated adding "It's absurd that Parliament spends about sh10b per year in renting office space yet a lot of government land is being given out".

Mulindwa Lubega, the deputy chairman for the party's youth league appealed to the general public to support them as they fight against the takeover of the property.

He applauded the Lord Mayor Elias Lukwago and a section of political leaders that came out opposing the takeover.

"Whoever loves the future of this country should come out and fight this giveaway of public property by government" he stated.

 

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