Directors of Mediheal Group of Hospitals have appealed to Parliament to fast track a Presidential directive granting them seven acres of land in Naguru.
The company through its Board Chairperson Capt. Mike Mukula made the call on Wednesday while appearing before the Adhoc Committee investigating the illegal distribution of the Nakawa-Naguru land.
“We had a meeting with the President (Yoweri Museveni) in February 2021 at State House, Entebbe as a partner in the Private Sector investing in the health sector,” Mukula told the MPs.
The nine-member team is led by Kazo County MP, Dan Atwijukire Kimosho. The other members are Amolatar Woman MP Agnes Atim Apea, Kilak North MP Anthony Akol, Butambala Woman MP Aisha Kabanda, Bugiri Municipality MP Asuman Basalirwa, Soroti West Division MP Jonathan Ebwalu, Sheema Municipality MP Dickson Kateshumbwa, Tororo Woman MP Sarah Opendi, and Mbarara City MP Rita Atukwasa.
“The idea was to expand and broaden health care in the country and you have noted that many of our people, colleagues equally have had to fly out of the country to look for medical care in Kenya, India, South Africa, Germany and so forth. And the initiative we had was to build a 350 bed hospital”,Mukula added.
Mukula says after hearing their pitch, President Museveni directed three ministers Robinah Nabbanja (General Duties) Betty Amongi (Kampala Affairs) and Betty Kamya (Lands); “to find out if there is land in Naguru and I am giving you two weeks to report back to me.”
After the two weeks, Mukula told MPs that Nabbanja and her team assured Museveni that they had identified land in Naguru.
The committee has been interacting with some of the companies and individuals of interest.
Rule 191 of the Parliament Rules of Procedure provides that the House may at any time, on the advice of the Business Committee, appoint an Adhoc Committee to investigate any matter of public importance that does not come under the jurisdiction of any Standing or Sectoral Committee or that has not been dealt with by a Select Committee.
The land in question has been embroiled in controversy since 2007 after it was given out to Opec Prime Properties Limited to construct a satellite city. In 2018, Cabinet resolved to terminate the contract with Opec Prime Properties after it defaulted on its obligations.
The land was then repossessed by the ULC which was supposed to reallocate it to new developers.