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Lira Municipal Council Repossess Coronation Park

Samuel Ahabwe, the Lira Municipality town clerk says they have successfully re-possessed the authority of the park after the expiry of their one-year contract.

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Lira Municipal Council has repossessed management of the Coronation Park despite of the standing court injunction barring any possible eviction.  

The contract to manage the park was given to Saving Grace Limited, a private company last year at a cost of five million shillings per month.   However the process under which the contract was awarded has since been challenged.  

Coronation Park is the only public space within the town centre which was upgraded, equipped with hospitality facilities for leisure under the World Bank-funded Uganda Support to Municipal Infrastructural Development Program.  

Samuel Ahabwe, the Lira Municipality town clerk says they have successfully re-possessed the authority of the park after the expiry of their one-year contract.  

Ahabwe says whereas there is an on-going court case against the Municipality, there was need to take-over the facility since the contract for the company had expired.

He says much as they have re-possessed ownership of the facility, no construction work will start due to the current injunction. 

The case is due to come before the Lira High Court Resident Judge Alex McKay Ajiji on January 28th, 2020.  

//Cue in: “We cannot go ahead ….  

Cue out: …to start now,”// 

Anti-riot police personnel have however maintained presence at Coronation for weeks now before the eviction of Saving Grace Limited.

George Obia, the District Police Commander says the deployment is only to protect the property of Lira Municipal council.   

Mike Ogwang Olwa, the Municipal Mayor is optimistic the infrastructural project at Coronation Park shall be undertaken under all means. 

The delayed eviction of Saving Grace from Coronation Park recently caused a rift between the Municipal executive authorities headed by Mayor Ogwang against town clerk, Ahabwe.

Ahabwe was accused of failing to implement lawful council resolution including eviction of street vendors and Saving Grace limited.  

In July 2019, Lira Municipal attempted to evict the Saving Grace Limited from the facility but were blocked by Lira High Court.

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