The office of the Resident District Commissioner has intervened in the ongoing fight between Hoima district local government and Hoima municipal council over the ownership of Hoima Boma grounds.
The two administrative units have been bickering over the failure by the district to surrender the title for the land hosting the ground to the municipality. The land title is currently being held by the district chairperson Kadir Kirungi, who insists that its ownership and mandate is with the district.
Recently 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 funded under phase three of the Uganda Support to Municipal Infrastructure Development (USMID) program.
They argued that the failure by the district to hand over the title to the Municipal authorities is frustrating the project, yet possession of the land title is a precondition set by the World Bank, before the implementation of the Project.
But Kadir Kirungi, the Hoima district chairperson questioned the manner in which the Municipal authorities are asking for the title and advised that the municipality should push for a Memorandum of Understanding detailing how the land can be utilized.
Kirungi further contends that there are top officials at the Municipality who illegally acquired plots around Hoima Boma grounds without the consent of the district and are now pushing the district to surrender the land title so that they can develop their plots.
Now Samuel Kisembo, the Hoima Resident District Commissioner-RDC says that the government will not allow any person to sabotage the World Bank-funded project adding that the land title must be handed over to the municipal authorities to pave way for the construction of the Mini stadium.
He wonders why the district should withhold the title yet the Municipal authorities compensated them with 156 million Shillings for the costs incurred in processing the title for the ground.
URN has established that the land title was processed by the district before Hoima town council was elevated to a municipality in 2010.
Hoima Boma 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.
Once complete, the proposed stadium 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.