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Jinja Municipal Council Lacks Land for Mahatma Gandhi Centre

While on a visit in Uganda last year, the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi endorsed the construction of the centre in memory of India’s icon, Mahatma Gandhi whose ashes are believed to have been sprayed on the banks of river Nile following his death in 1948.
Uganda's ambasador to India, H.E. Mohammed Kezaala, adressing a joint council at Jinja town hall on Thursady.

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Uganda’s Ambassador to India, Mohammed Kezaala has revealed that Jinja municipal council lacks the proposed 10-acre piece of land to enable construction of the Mahatma Gandhi recreational centre. 

While on a visit in Uganda last year, the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi endorsed the construction of the centre in memory of India’s icon, Mahatma Gandhi whose ashes are believed to have been sprayed on the banks of river Nile following his death in 1948.

The construction process will be funded through a grant from the Indian government, however, municipal authorities argue that officials from India’s high commission to Uganda have never addressed them on the progress of the project.

The recreation facility will comprise of a five-star hotel, Mahatma Gandhi cultural centre, conference centre, Museum, Arts and crafts village, Car cable infrastructure, and observatory bridge. 

Kezaala says that Uganda’s embassy to India is liaising with India’s High Commission to ensure that, local authorities are sensitized on the project. 

He adds that, since the project was addressed to the President without involvement of the local authorities, most councillors mistake it for a land grabbing scam.

Kezaala stresses that all local leaders shall be consulted on the different developments preferable to them at the source of the Nile.

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While addressing a joint council of councillors from both Jinja central division and the municipality at Jinja town hall on Thursday, Kezaala says that the multi-billion project will require a 10-acre piece of land but the available land is only four acres. 

Kezaala further says that more consultations are being made on the progress of the project and Jinja municipal authorities have to acquire more land of at least eight acres which is a good start for the construction process.

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Molson Bizitu, the Speaker of Jinja municipal council says that it is the first time, for councillors have been informed about the proposed redevelopment of the source of the Nile.

Bizitu adds that the council will enter a partnership with Jinja Golf Club which is the biggest landowner neighbouring the source of the Nile to enable construction of the recreation centre. 

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