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Planned Hoima Mini Stadium Hangs in Balance over Missing Land Title

Hoima Municipal Mayor Mary Grace Mugasa accused the district leadership of frustrating the project, well knowing that possession of the land title is a precondition by the World Bank, before the implementation of the Project, which is funded under phase three of the Uganda Support to Municipal Infrastructure (USMID) program.

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A battle has erupted between Hoima district and Hoima municipal council over the ownership of the Boma ground.  The ground that seats on a four-acre piece of land is 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 competitions.     

But Uganda Radio Network has established that there is ongoing bickering between the two administrative units stemming from the failure by the district to surrender the title for the land hosting the ground. The squabble reached its height when 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 at Hoima Boma grounds. 

Hoima Municipal Mayor Mary Grace Mugasa accused the district leadership of frustrating the project, well knowing that possession of the land title is a precondition by the World Bank, before the implementation of the Project, which is funded under phase three of the Uganda Support to Municipal Infrastructure (USMID) program.  

The program, designed to enhance institutional performance of 14 Municipal Councils so as to improve urban service delivery has seen a tremendous transformation in the municipalities of Arua, Lira, Gulu, Soroti, Entebbe, Mbale, Tororo, Jinja, Masaka, Hoima, Fort portal, Mbarara, Kabale and Moroto. 

The Hoima Municipal Mayor is however, bothered that their progress in the implementation of the project is threatened. She says 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 falls.   

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Mugasa has appealed to the district authorities to immediately release the title so that construction works at Hoima Boma grounds can kick-off. 

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Hoima district Chief Administrative officer Anthony Lukwago told Uganda Radio Network that the Title is currently held by Uganda National Roads Authority-UNRA.  

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URN has also established that initially, the ground’s land title was processed by the district which they kept in their custody before Hoima town council was elevated into a municipal status in 2010. 

Mugasa said the mini-stadium once complete will also have cafeterias, gardens, modern courts for volleyball, tennis and basketball as government moves to elevate Hoima from a municipality to an Oil City Status.   

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