Buganda Land Board Managing Director, Omuk.Kyewalabye-Male(L) and Windy Shen(R) from Guoji group exchange copies of MOU after the signing.
Ugandans are set to join the employment industry following a partnership between Buganda kingdom’s and Chinese firm Gorji to construct affordable housing units and an industrial park in Sentema, Wakiso. The uninhabited kingdom land covers at least 50 acres.
The partnership was signed yesterday at Bulange Mengo between Kyewalabye-Male, the Buganda Land Board (BLB) managing director, and Gouji chairman Windy Shen. The signing was witnessed by katikiiro Charles Peter Mayiga and China Development Bank official Li Gang.
Gorji are the constructors of the Mirembe Villas housing project in Kigo and have now shifted focus to construct houses affordable to middle-income earners. Construction starts next year and about 50 housing units are lined up to be completed before the end of 2019.
The multimillion dollar project is going to be situated at Ssaza grounds in Ssentema.
“This is just the first phase and we expect the project to be expanded,” said Kyewalabye-Male. “It will later extend and people within those areas will be incorporated into the projected and will not be evicted unless they accept to be compensated.”
These low-cost units will range from $10,000 (About Shs 36m) to $30,000 (Shs 108m). This means that if each house accommodates five people, 2,500 Ugandans will soon be staying in modern houses.
According to the master plan, they are going to create a complete community with, a school, shopping malls, health centre and leisure parks to allow people to interact with each other outside their homes/in the public realm – a spirit of community living, one of the priorities of the kingdom.
Wakiso district will work with the project managers to construct a road from Masanafu flyover to Ssentema. The same project will have an extensive industrial park that will directly employ 700 skilled and unskilled personnel. The contract has a clause for local content, meaning that most of the jobs in the project will be held by Ugandans.
The Sentema housing project is a result of an instruction from Kabaka to have low-cost houses for his subjects.