KCCA orders Parliament to halt construction of Shs 180bn Chamber

KCCA - Parliament land dispute takes new twist
Construction of the new Chambers

Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) has directed Parliament of Uganda to halt the ongoing construction of the new Chambers after the allegedly institution deviated from the original approved building plan.

The construction of the new Chamber, estimated to cost about Shs 180 billion, kicked off this year following a year of allegations and collusion between rival firms and technocrats during the tendering process. Roko Construction Company is expected to construct a new state of the art Chamber, modify the existing one and build a Hall of Honour.

Now, in a letter dated November 22 and addressed to the Clerk to Parliament Jane Kibirige, Moses Atwine the KCCA director for Physical Planning highlights alterations in the building plan which he says were never authorised by the city authority.

“Reference is made to approval no. 715/17 of your building application dated 3rd August 2017 to expand the existing Parliamentary Chambers on Plots 13 -15 Parliamentary Avenue and 16- 18 Apollo Kaggwa Road. Following our mandatory inspections conducted on your site on 13th November 2017, it was observed that the design for the new chambers had been altered,” reads part of Atwine’s letter.

The letter notes that the foundation structure currently being laid is beyond the scope of the approved chamber building and encroaches on the neighbouring plots and / or road reserves.

“An analysis of the revised drawings indicates that; the new chambers shall encroach onto the public open space along Apollo Kaggwa road, currently used as CHOGM gardens, part of the roof on the eastern side of the revised structure will hang over the reserve of Siad Barre road,” said Atwine in the letter.

He further notes that although the current major works on the foundation are still being carried out within the plot boundary, the new design will ultimately encroach on property not owned by the Parliamentary Commission or the Uganda Land Commission.

Atwine also notes an existing National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC) main water supply line right within the proposed construction area which he says has been exposed by the extended excavations in contravention of the Water Act, CAP 152, Section 101 which stipulates a 4 metre way-leave on both sides of the pipe.

The Director Physical Planning says that there is an eminent danger of disrupting water supply to the Central Business District if this pipe is tampered with.

Atwine noted that the Kampala Capital City Physical Planning Committee in its 229th sitting noted alterations which have never been authorised by KCCA as the planning Authority. The letter also notes that Parliament has not been given any right to use the neighbouring properties as part of their development.

“This communication therefore serves as a notice to halt construction works that are outside the extents of the approved plans and further invite your technical team to a meeting geared towards resolving the issues, this Friday 24th November 2017 at KCCA,” further reads the letter.

Also to attend the meeting according to the letter is the managing director, National Water and Sewerage Corporation.

The letter is copied to the Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga, minister for Kampala Beti Kamya, KCCA executive director Jennifer Musisi, managing director, National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC), and the KCCA director engineering and technical services among others.