Recently the Municipal authorities demanded that the district hands over the title, to pave way for the construction of a 6.5 billion Shillings mini-stadium funded under phase three of the Uganda Support to Municipal Infrastructure Development (USMID) program.
Hoima district chairperson Kadir
Kirungi has blocked attempts by the municipality to take over the ownership of
Hoima Boma Grounds.
The ground that seats on a
four-acre piece of land located opposite the Hoima Referral Hospital in
Hoima town. It is the only place for
hosting sporting activities and public functions across the district. Today, it
is used by close to 100 primary schools and football clubs for different
There has been ongoing
bickering between the two administrative units stemming from the failure by the
district to surrender the title for the land hosting the ground.
Recently the Municipal
authorities demanded that the district hands over the title, to pave way for the
construction of a 6.5 billion Shillings mini-stadium funded under phase three
of the Uganda Support to Municipal Infrastructure Development (USMID) program.
According to Mary Grace Mugasa,
the Hoima Municipal Mayor, failure by the district leadership to hand over the
title to the Municipal authorities is frustrating the project, yet they know
that possession of the land title is a precondition by the World Bank, before
the implementation of the Project.
The Municipality claims that
despite paying 156 million Shillings to compensate for the costs incurred by
the district in processing the title for the ground, the district has declined
to submit the title to the municipal council under whose authority, Boma Ground
Now Kadir Kirungi, the Hoima LCV
Chairperson has come out openly to reject any attempt by the district to hand
over the title to the Municipal authorities saying it is a property of the district, not the Municipality. He questioned the
manner in which the Municipal authorities are asking for the title.
Kirungi says the Municipal
Council should sign a memorandum of Understanding with the district on how the land
can be utilized.
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According to Kadir, there are top
officials at the Municipality who illegally acquired plots around Hoima Boma
grounds without the consent of the district and are now pushing the district to
surrender the land title so that they can develop their plots.
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URN has established that the
ground’s land title was processed by the district before Hoima town council was
elevated to a municipality in 2010.
Godfrey Azoora, the Bujura ward Councillor in Bujumbura division calls on the two administrative units to reach a
mutual understanding without frustrating the development projects, planned to
take place on the land in question.
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Iddi Magezi, the Bwikya ward Councillor demands that the two political heads put aside their personal
differences to ensure that the title is released for the project to start.
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Once complete, the mini-stadium will have cafeterias, gardens, modern courts for volleyball, tennis and
basketball as government moves to elevate Hoima from a municipality to an Oil