Naguru-Nakawa Tenants Seek Audience with President Museveni

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Residents of the Nakawa-Naguru estates want to meet President Yoweri Museveni to establish common ground on how to develop the dilapidated estates. The residents, under their umbrella body, the Naguru-Nakawa Estates Residents' Association, say they have proposals that they want included in the redevelopment of the estates that nobody wants to listen to. The association's general secretary, Alex Odur, says they are hopeful that President Museveni will give a nod to their proposals, particularly being given 50 acres for their own redevelopment and doing a phased redevelopment. Odur says they have decided to use dialogue and not violence to achieve their objectives. He says as Ugandans, the residents feel they should be treated fairly. //Cue in: "Everybody knows it # Cue out: # it will be"// Government in 2007 entered a public-private partnership with a UK firm, Opecprime Properties Limited, in which the investor would develop the 161-acre estates into a satellite city. It will cost 600 billion shillings with the government contributing the prime land. The tenants opposed the project and petitioned the High Court for its judicial review. But High Court Judge Joseph Murangira late last year dismissed the petition with costs saying it had been filed out of time and that the developer was wrongly sued. The redevelopment of the estates is expected to start early next year. When threatened with eviction early this year, the President intervened and suspended the evictions pending negotiations between the government and the investor on how tenants should be compensated. Local Government Minister Adolf Mwesige says there is a proposal that the disgruntled residents, numbering over 10,000, be built a separate 500-unit estate outside the city. Nakawa and Naguru estates have 1600 families.

 

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David Rupiny
In his own words, David Rupiny says, "I am literally a self-trained journalist with over 12 years of experience. Add the formative, student days then I can trace my journalism roots to 1988 when as a fresher in Ordinary Level I used to report for The Giraffe News at St Aloysius College Nyapea in northern Uganda.


In addition to URN for which I have worked for five years now, I have had stints at Radio Paidha, Radio Pacis, Nile FM and KFM. I have also contributed stories for The Crusader, The New Vision and The Monitor. I have also been a contributor for international news organisations like the BBC and Institute for War and Peace Reporting. I am also a local stringer for Radio Netherlands Worldwide.


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