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VIDEO: Ham, KCCA at crossroads over palm trees he donated for Kampala’s green city initiative

Kampala, (UG):- City Businessman Hamis Kiggundu commonly known as Ham has expressed his disappointment and sadness over the alleged mistreatment of the 100,000 royal palm trees he donated to Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) early this year.

The trees, planted during the NAM and China G-77 Summits in January this year were meant to boost the city’s green initiatives, but Ham claims that KCCA employees are poisoning and destroying them.

“It’s really sad seeing these KCCA employees poisoning and destroying these palm trees… where is the patriotism?” Ham posted on his X handle, tagging a viral video showing individuals uprooting and loading palm trees onto a KCCA truck.

“We spent a lot of money and time buying, donating, planting, and maintaining these royal palm trees across the entire city under their watch and supervision, but it’s disheartening that they are the ones uprooting them,” Mr Kiggundu said.

The trees were planted along the major city roads, such as Mukwano Road, Yusuf-Lule Road, Nile Avenue and Ggaba Road, among others. However, Ham questions the country’s development strategy, stating, “With such impunitive acts unprosecuted, we have a long way to develop as a country.”

KCCA Responds

The Acting KCCA spokesperson, Mr Daniel Nuwabeine when contacted for a comment said that the authority recently reviewed the city’s green development and decided to transplant some palm trees to other appropriate areas, citing potential obstruction of traffic visibility, CCTV cameras, and electric lines.

Mr Nuwabeine further acknowledged that some trees had dried and wilted but dismissed allegations of poisoning.

“No one in KCCA can poison or deliberately uproot a tree… we may not have informed Mr Kiggundu of what we are doing, but it’s about ensuring that city trees are in the right place and don’t obstruct city infrastructure,” Nuwabeine noted, before urging city dwellers to keep their animals safe to prevent stray animals from destroying city greenery.

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