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Transfer of Gandhi Convention Center Upsets Entebbe Leaders

Earlier, government wanted the convention center to be constructed in Entebbe Municipality. Municipal Authorities earmarked land in Manyago Estate, Entebbe Division A for the construction. However, the land had encumbrance who demanded compensation of up to shillings 183 billion.
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The transfer of construction of the Mahatma Ghandi convention centre from Entebbe municipality to Jinja has upset Entebbe municipality leaders. 

The Deputy Presidential press secretary Linda Nabusaayi on Tuesday announced that President Museveni and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a joint communication had earmarked land for the construction of the 290 billion shillings International Convention Center in Jinja.  

Earlier, government wanted the convention centre to be constructed in Entebbe Municipality.

Municipal authorities earmarked land in Manyago Estate, Entebbe Division A for the construction. However, the land had occupants who demanded compensation of 183 billion shillings, which wasn't readily available.   

Some of the tenants include Church of Uganda and children of former civil servants who worked in government after 1962. In May this year, the Bishop of Namirembe diocese, Wilberforce Luwalira stormed Entebbe municipal council seeking clarification on why the Municipality wanted to relocate St Mark Church of Uganda and instead give away land to construct a convention centre.

The Deputy Mayor Entebbe Municipality Richard Ssekyondwa says that the municipality was optimistic that the centre once constricted in the area will increase local revenue.  

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The Municipal Development Foundation Chairperson Andrew Otage said the Convention Center would boost local tourism if it was constructed in Entebbe. He says that the municipality should now look for alternative ways to improve locally generated revenue.

Currently, the municipality collects up to 3 billion shillings local revenue. The sources include hotel tax, local service tax, landing fees, market dues and ground rent.

The construction of the convention centre in Entebbe according to the Municipality town clerk Charles Magumba would attract tourists in Entebbe municipality and increase revenue from hotel tax.

Molson Bizitu, the Speaker Jinja Municipal Council, says that the selection of the source of the Nile as site for the construction of the convention centre will not only increase revenue for Jinja but also boost its quest for city status.

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