President Yoweri Museveni has summoned the board of trustees for Nakivubo stadium over alleged illegal eviction of Kalita bus terminal.
Last year,Nakivubo stadium including the bus terminal which was near the main entrance were sealed off before being demolished to pave way for the Shs 54 billion project for construction of a 35,000 seater modern stadium.
However, according to sources close to president Museveni have told this investigative website that the Kalita bus management complained to the head of state over the manner they were illegally kicked out of the stadium.
“Nakivubo was highly indebted and owed Uganda Revenue Authority huge sums of money that accumulated over non -payment of taxes and the stadium management reached an agreement with Kalita who was one of the sitting tenants,” said a source privy to the meeting.
In July 2016, URA closed off Nakivubo stadium over accumulated tax arrears amounting to over 400 million shillings following the stadium management backtracked on a memorandum they had entered with the tax body to clear their tax obligations in 2013.
It is alleged that in 2017, Kalita entered an agreement with Nakivubo stadium to pay part of the debt to URA and in turn, the stadium management agreed to extend their contract up to 2019 but it was breached.
It is also said that a few months after the agreement, Nakivubo was sealed off and all tenants including Kalita bus terminal were evicted.
The meeting is scheduled to take place at 4pm today(Monday) at State House Entebbe.
The redevelopment of Nakivubo War Memorial Stadium is a private partnership between the Trustees of the facility and the developer, Hamis Kiggundu, a city businessman.
The first phase of the redevelopment undertaken by Roko Construction Company is almost complete with the construction of a number of shops around the stadium.
It is said that the stadium that sits on 13 acres of land will have the pitch occupying seven acres with the remaining development consuming the rest of the land.