Land within Uganda has always been an issue as it is being grabbed with in different parts of the country and bloodshed in certain areas.
Over the years, it has been reported that Namboole land had more than 200 encroachers who had been helped by the unavailability of the land title which in 2006, had been reported missing by the lands commission.
However today, the stadium has acquired its land titles from the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development.
“Today (24th August, 2020) Mandela National Stadium, Namboole finally gets it’s land titles after years of protracted pursuit. The land around the stadium was facing encroachment from various people.” State Minister for Sports Denis Hamson Obua tweeted.
Today(24th August, 2020) Mandela National Stadium,Namboole finally gets it's land titles after years of protracted pursuit.The land around the stadium was facing encroachment from various people. pic.twitter.com/9xS5kvUcpH
— Denis Hamson Obua (@HamsonObua) August 24, 2020
Kireka Veterans Group, Kasumba Warehouse, Prayer Palace, former Kiira Town Council mayor Mamerito Mugerwa, Samsuding Night Parking, Byakuleka Lodge and Inn, Terazone Construction, who claim to be renting from Mugerwa and Brig. Hudson Mukasa, Capt Haruna, and Bweyogerere Central Market were last year listed as some of the encroachers.
Namboole National stadium was opened in 1997, has a capacity of 45,202 and was built with a grant from the People’s Republic of China.
Acquiring the title ownership will now guarantee the authorities to develop the land.
Phase two of the sports complex that includes an Olympic size swimming pool, sports halls, and outdoor grounds, has never taken off after the first phase was completed.