The Parliamentary Committee on Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises (COSASE) has ordered for the eviction of all building constructed on top of water pipes, to pave way for construction of sewerage lines.
The order was issued by COSASE Chairman, Abdu Katuntu, saying the impasse between Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) and National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC) has led to tax payers lose Shs1 billion, and there is need to have the losses contained.
This was during a meeting held at Parliament, attended between MPs alongside Police Chief Gen. Kale Kayihura, KCCA Executive Director Jenifer Musisi, NWSC Boss, Eng. Silver Mugisha and former Kampala Central Mayor, Godfrey Nyakana.
“Those structures must be demolished, the contention on who bears the cost, the parties can claim from court. Police must make sure there is security when the illegal structures are being evicted,” Katuntu said.
The investigations kicked off following a letter issued by Inspector General of Government, Irene Mulyagonja, who called on Parliament to investigate the matter, to contain the hemorrhage of public funds.
National Water has contracted an international firm to layover 30 kilometer of sewerage pipe line to serve areas of Serena, Kololo among others.
The Corporation has revealed that Shs100 million is lost daily because Nalongo Estates has barred the contractor to access the sites, claiming ownership of the property, despite the fact that their lease expired.
Nyakana denied any actions to bar NWSC from accessing the site noting, “I do consent that NWSC should come and work, we have no problem against any government institution. There are some few structures that are on top the pipes.”
He however called on KCCA to conduct the eviction with some civility.
Katuntu also warned Nyakana, against organizing any goons to disrupt the eviction process.
Police Chief, Kayihura pledged to issue security during the eviction process, and won’t be part of the obstruction.