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Tycoon Hamis Kiggundu Condemns Wanton Destruction of Donated Palm Trees by KCCA Employees

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By : Hason Mutunzi Bwambale

Kampala, Uganda – Renowned businessman and philanthropist Hamis Kiggundu has expressed outrage and disappointment over the senseless destruction of royal palm trees he donated to the Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) for the beautification of the city. The destruction of the trees, which were planted across various locations in Kampala, has sparked widespread condemnation and raised questions about the accountability and responsibility of KCCA employees.

In a heartfelt social media post, Kiggundu lamented the poisoning and destruction of the palm trees, which he had donated to enhance the aesthetic appeal of the city. He highlighted the significant investment of time, money, and effort made in purchasing, donating, planting, and maintaining the trees, which were meant to be a symbol of beauty and pride for the city.

“It’s really sad seeing these KCCA employees poisoning and destroying these palm trees… where is the patriotism? 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… with such impunitive acts unprosecuted, we have a long way to develop as a Country,” Kiggundu wrote.

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Kiggundu’s generosity had aimed to enhance the beauty of Kampala, but the wanton destruction of the trees has left him disheartened. He emphasized the need for accountability and prosecution of those responsible, stressing that such impunity hinders Uganda’s development. The incident has sparked outrage among citizens, who share Kiggundu’s concerns about the lack of patriotism and sense of responsibility among some public officials.

The destruction of the palm trees has also raised questions about the management and maintenance of public spaces in Kampala. KCCA, which is responsible for the city’s infrastructure and services, has faced criticism for its handling of public assets and spaces. The incident has added to the growing concern about the authority’s capacity to manage and maintain public properties.

Kiggundu’s philanthropic efforts have been widely recognized, and his contributions to the city’s beautification were highly appreciated. The destruction of the palm trees has tarnished the image of KCCA and highlighted the need for greater accountability and stewardship in public service.

As the public outcry grows, KCCA is under pressure to investigate the incident, prosecute those responsible, and take measures to prevent such destruction in the future. The authority must also reassure the public of its commitment to responsible management and maintenance of public spaces and assets.

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