Kooki Chief Defies Town Council on Hotel Construction

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Apollo Sansa Kabumbuli, the Kamuswaga of Kooki chiefdom has deployed several UPDF soldiers to protect his builders to go ahead with the construction of Hotel and Leisure Center on a disputed green space in Rakai.

Apollo Sansa Kabumbuli, the Kamuswaga of Kooki chiefdom has deployed several UPDF soldiers to provide security to his builders to go ahead with the construction of Hotel and Leisure Center on a disputed green space in Rakai. In March 2012, Kamuswagga cleared part of Rakai Coronation and Royal Park that is located near the district headquarters to pave way for the construction of a hotel and leisure center.


However, Rakai Town council blocked Kamusswaga from destroying the green space to construct the hotel and leisure center in the area. Rakai Town Council officials led by Dan Ssamula, the town clerk and Emmanuel Mugamba, the physical engineer blocked the investment saying it was not approved. They also impounded construction material from the site. Emmanuel Mugamba, the Rakai Town council engineer blocked the construction saying that land on which it is being constructed is a gazetted green space.


However, Kamusswaga has defied the order and deployed several soldiers to protect his builders to continue with the construction. On Wednesday, Our reporter found about 10 UPDF soldiers and royal guards guarding workers who are forcefully going ahead with the construction. The soldiers have blocked town council officials from accessing the disputed construction site. Unidentified soldier ordered our reporter to vacate the site immediately or risk being arrested, saying journalists is not allowed near the site.


Ananias Ssekyanzi, the Katikiro Kooki told URN on phone from Kampala that they deployed royal guards to prevent Rakai town Council authorities from sabotaging their project. He explained that the land on which the project is being constructed belongs to the Kamusswaga, adding that he has a right to decide on what project to put on the land. He however, failed to explain why Kamusswaga didn’t submit his plan to Rakai town council for approval.

Emmanuel Mugamba, the Rakai Town Council Engineer has condemned the deployment of soldiers to protect the illegal construction. Mugamba says the town council shall the town council will demolish the structure because it is located in a gazatted area.

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Benon Mugabi, Rakai LC 5 chairman is expected to convene a district executive meeting to discuss the matter which has worsened the relationship between Kooki and Rakai town council. In 2009, Kooki evicted Rakai officials from its premises over unpaid ground rent arrears.

 

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Edward Bindhe
Bindhe prides himself on being a part of the society he writes about. He believes there is no way a journalist can understand his society unless it considers him a part of it. This is why he is dedicated to investigating the challenges of the "little person."

Bindhe says, "My work reflects the Uganda Radio Network unique approach to news." Not many Ugandan journalists would consider or even notice the re-emergence of Water Hyacinth on a lake. Bindhe does.

Truant children will attract Bindhe's attention until he gets to the bottom of their truancy: poverty and the need to work to earn bread for their families. These are the kinds of stories Bindhe is often after.

Edward Bindhe is the Masaka URN bureau chief. Rakai, Lwengo, Lyantonde, Kalangala, Mpigi, Kalungu, Bukomansimbi and Sembabule districts fall under his docket. He has been a URN staff member since 2009.

A Mass Communication graduate from Uganda Christian University, Bindhe started practising journalism in 2008 as a reporter for Radio Buddu in Masaka district.

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