By Uganda Online
Kampala: Ruparelia Group of Companies has come out to dismiss the false allegations of dumping soil in Lake Victoria in Katabi town council.
Ruparelia Group of Companies is undertaking the project of Speke Resort Entebbe which is being developed at former Ssesse gateway beach.
According to the Managing Director of Ruparelia Group of Companies Mr Rajiv Ruperalia, the allegations of dumping soil in Lake Victoria where the project is being developed are baseless with no legal documentation to back them up.
Rajiv has thus confirmed that all the necessary applications process was done and approved by NEMA hence the project has been operating within the legal confines of the environmental laws.
While addressing media at the project site in Kitubulu in Katabi town council, the company Environment consultant Martin Aryagaruka said the project was approved with conditions of not impacting on the lake and it’s what they have been doing.
“When you take a look at our title, we have not entered even an inch into the lake. In fact, the lake ate into the acreage that we had at the time of purchasing this land but we won’t extend it,” he noted
Rajiv further noted that whatever is said and circulated on social media is propaganda because the project will enormously benefit the community of Katabi. This propaganda was done by a Lady called Assumpta Nakamya, who circulated the video online spreading false accusations with no documented proof hence spoiling the economic opportunities and people’s livelihoods the project will provide.
Some residents of Kitubulu who donned white t-shirts said they welcomed the ongoing developments.
“Our economy wants more investments. There should not be any sabotage,” they said.
NEMA issued a 99 year-long certificate dated July 17 to Speke Resort Convention Centre Entebbe clearing the use of 15 acres of land at Kitubulu, Katabi Town Council Entebbe.
The investment value for the project is $ 100 million dollars which will give a lot of employment opportunities to the Ugandan population hence reducing the employment gap. The project will have a huge impact to the economy by increasing the countries revenues through its state-of-the-art facilities that will significantly promote the hospitality industry.
The project is called Speke Resort Entebbe, It will be a 350 room resort and convention center, with 4 restaurants, marina for 50 boats, 10 presidential suites, Convention Centre with a carrying capacity of 3500 persons, additional conference facilities of up to 1500 persons, small conference and meeting facilities, 3 wedding grounds and parking space for 1500 cars.