A group of civil society organisations have sued the government of Uganda for failure to declare publicly the intentions of relocating the Uganda Museum to construct the East Africa trade centre.
The group of CSO’s are led by Pro-Biodiversity Conservationist in Uganda (PROBICOU) .They want the want the government to declare that it will not demolish the museum for which ever reason.
The NGOs filed their case at the Chief Magistrate’s court in Mengo on September 14, 2012 ,according to our source . Court will start hearing the case in the near future and government will be expected to defend itself on the matter .
PROBICU says Amelia Kyambadde, the minister of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives, of failed to compel technocrats at her ministry to release information concerning the project.
“The whole affair surrounding the construction of the East African Trade Centre has been kept a top secret and yet there is reasonable belief that government has not sufficiently addressed crucial archeological concerns, environmental risks, let alone the laws relating to the procurement of government services and works,” reads part of an affidavit sworn by Paul Twebaze, the executive director of PROBICU.
The CSOs are represented by Pearl Advocates and Solicitors.
The Uganda Museum which displays and exhibits ethnological, natural-historical and traditional life collections of Uganda’s cultural heritage has been under the threat of demolition since government announced its plans of relocating it to construct a trade centre in its place.