Last week, Akon together with his wife Rozina Negusei, visited Uganda and met with high profile government officials including president Yoweri Museveni. In the meetings, they discussed the issue of investing in Uganda and was subsequently taken around the country using the presidential helicopter to establish an area where he would build his city.
Unity Platform-NUP political party has opposed a plan by the government to allocate one Square mile of land for the construction of a futuristic city by R&B American artiste Aliaume Damala
Badara Thiam commonly
known as Akon.
Akon together with his wife Rozina Negusei,
visited Uganda and met
with high profile government officials including president Yoweri Museveni. In the meetings, they discussed
the issue of investing in Uganda, and was subsequently taken around the country using the
presidential helicopter to establish an area where he would build his city.
Akon's ambitious vision is to build a city powered by a cryptocurrency called Akoin. He has previously hinted that part of the desire is to create a real-life version of Wakanda, the futuristic African kingdom portrayed in Marvel’s “Black Panther", a project similar to one he promised to build in his own country Senegal, where he promised luxury condominiums, a seaside resort, office parks and gravity-defying skyscrapers.
But the promise of an offer of free
land solicited mixed reactions from the public with some supporting it while
others called it another of such schemes that never get to see the light of
the day. Speaking today at the party headquarters at Kamwokya, Joel
Ssenyonyi, the party spokesperson said that although they have nothing personal
against Akon, there is a disturbing trend where the government gives out public
land without following any known procedures.
Ssenyonyi gave an example of public
land in Naguru-Nakawa estates, land that was initially hosting the Uganda Broadcasting Corporation in Nakasero, and the former Shimon Demonstration School in Kampala, among others, that
was in the past given out in a similar manner and it ends up serving purposes
other than those it was appropriated for.
Ssenyonyi added that their party is
also, warry about Akon building a city in Uganda yet he has failed to build
one in his home country of Senegal.
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NUP has announced that a retreat with elected Members of Parliament that never
took place last week following the death of the former Archbishop of Kampala Dr
Kizito Lwanga will take place this week. David Lewis Rubongoya, the Secretary-General of NUP said that the retreat will take two days; Friday and Saturday
and will see members deliberate on a number of issues including who they will
be supporting for speaker of the 11th parliament.
decried what he called the continued arrest, detention and persecution of their
members across the country.
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Museveni has in the past admitted that police and other security organs have
picked up people not because of their political affiliation but due to their involvement
in criminal activities.
Yesterday, the police spokesperson Fred Enanga also
said that security will continue picking up anybody they sufficiently suspect
of having participated or is planning to participate in criminal activities. However,
NUP insists that most of those picked up are innocent people whose only crime
is having supported Kyagulanyi Robert Ssentamu in the just concluded