December 9, 2021

Parliament halts SC Villa Park compensation

By Allan Damba
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SC Villa players listen to head coach Petros Koukouras (L) during a training session at Rubaga / SC Villa Image

The Deputy Speaker of Parliament in the Republic of Uganda, Hon. Anita Annet Among has through the powers vested in her ordered the immediate suspension of the compensation process that was meant for the Villa Park.

The process, which was spearheaded by the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) was geared at restitution of SC Villa-who are the original inhabitants of the said venue, for encroachment by the construction of the Nsambya Flyover.

As highlighted by the Bukedea District Women Member of Parliament in a letter signed by herself from the August House to UNRA.

The reasoning behind ordering the instant stop to the reimbursement process is because of the complaints from one of the Villa Members Trust (VMTs), Abdallah Kasango.

Kasango alleges that a number of individuals and groups have sought to be recipients of the compensation money, or at the very worst claimed to be the genuine recipients yet any compensation should ultimately go to the club’s accounts.

He claims that groups of people have shown a strange interest in the money which he asserts should be directed towards the club’s business and not more angry individuals.

“I have received a petition dated September 30, 2021, from Mr Kasango Abdallah, a member of the Villa Members Trust, VMT 323,” partly read the letter.

“He brings a plan by Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) to compensate Sports Club Villa for being current occupants of the land where the Nsambya Flyover is being constructed.”

“In his petition, Mr Kasango disputes the legitimacy and actual identity and entitlement of those being fronted for compensation,” the October 1, 2021 letter added.

“Whereas he does not contest the fact that Villa are the current occupants of the land and therefore deserve to be compensated, his contestation is; to whom the payment should be made.”

“He emphasizes that compensation should be to the benefit of the club and not individuals or groups of individuals.”

The letter goes on to issue an order to the authority responsible, UNRA, to immediately stop the compensation process until the issues are ironed out.

“I, therefore, direct that you halt the process of payment of this compensation until issues of legitimacy of the Bonafide beneficiaries are resolved.”

“You should also investigate the complaints of the issues raised by Mr Kasango Abdallah to their logical conclusion.”

“You should accord Mr Kasango and any other persons with similar concerns an opportunity to present their case prior to concluding the payment,” it concluded.

The woes at SC Villa are certainly not about to come to an end. These for anyone that cares to remember stem from elections suspension, administrative inadequacies, halting their league start and now compensation issues.

It is likely that the Jogoo faithful will have to wait until November 13th when they do hold elections to have a feel of what will be their next home.

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