Nakivubo War Memorial stadium has been sealed off with iron sheets and some of the interior seating terraces have been demolished.
The development comes hours after over ten thousand vendors at the Parkyard Market in Nakivubo area in Kampala were evicted despite being given not more than 30 days to vacate.
Many of the vendors state that Police and unknown groups of youths demolished the make-shift market late night and threw people’s property out.
The market, stadium and the entire place are now sealed off with iron sheets while all the stalls and the seating terraces overlooking the New Taxi Park inside are also demolished.
Consequentially, the Uganda Premier League match that is scheduled for Tuesday evening between Uganda Police Football Club and crowd darling Onduparaka has reportedly been shifted to the Phillip Omondi Stadium, Lugogo.
— Adelle Agb (@adelleagb) February 28, 2017
Park Yard vendors’ Market vs. Nakivubo Stadium Board:
Parkyard Vendors Market has existed for more than 30 years but has been at the centre of contention between the Board of Trustees of Nakivubo Stadium and the vendors.
The Board wants vendors evicted to pave way for re-development into a modern parking area.
In a letter dated February 20, 2017, Kampala Affairs Minister Betti Kamya gave the vendors 30 days to vacate the market.
Kamya stated in the letter that Parkyard does not meet the basic requirement as a market.
The minister stated in the letter that the market has no sanitary and toilet facilities, is unregulated and therefore a disservice to the gazetted St Balikudembe Market commonly known as Owino.
In the letter she also advised the affected vendors to go to other gazetted markets.
Many of the vendors claim their merchandise was destroyed and stolen by the group of people working with police.
Ali Ssembajwe, one of the vendors says he comes all the way from Bombo to sell merchandise in Kampala. He says he was shocked when he was called at midnight that police was evicting people and reasons at least they should have allowed the vendors to vacate within the 30 days.
At the start of February, the High Court in Kampala issued an interim order stopping the Board of Trustees of Nakivubo War Memorial Stadium (NWMS) from terminating the agreements it entered with three companies to redevelop the facility.
The interim order was issued by Justice Alex Ajiji, the deputy registrar of the civil division of the High Court in Kampala on January 18.
This followed a petition filed by the three companies, Futureland (U) Limited, Bestin Limited and Ntelenfulenfune Enterprises Limited seeking a temporary Court injunction against the board’s move to cancel the agreements.
Court ordered the Board of Trustees of NWMS to suspend any plans to cancel the agreements until the hearing and determination of the substantive application of a temporary application.
There is also a copy of letter dated December 3rd which the Minister of State for Education and Sports, Charles Bakkabulindi signed clearing the companies’ redevelopment Master Plan.
“I am contented with the Master Plan because it has the necessary required facilities for a modern stadium,” Bakkabulindi said in the letter.
Sources within the board said NWMS is being forced to cancel the agreements after getting a better deal where the bidder is willing to pay a higher cost.
Nakivubo stadium is home to two clubs, Sports Club Villa Jogoo and Uganda Police F.C.