A petition drafted by M/S Kisaalu & Co. Advocates and addressed to the Commissioner, High Commission of India, through the Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, has expressed that Kololo Independence Ground also known as Kololo Airstrip is not befitting to host Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
In the petition, petitioners say they are concerned about the security of the Prime Minister, dispute manner in which venue was procured as concerned Indian Community was not engaged, outrageous cost of of the venue, lack of proper facilities like toilets, kitchen something that can put the health of the Prime Minister in danger, lack of transparency and the inconvenience event will bring to the mostly residential areas and schools.
The petitioners suggest that the plan to host the Prime Minister to be reversed and venue changed to an alternative spacious fit for high profile events.
Also, the office of LC1 Coral Crescent Village, Kololo IV Parish, Kampala Central Division, wrote to the High Commission of India in Uganda saying the event will be an inconvenience.
"As residents of Kololo we are stressed by the inconvenience the event will cause on a working day during the busiest hours. We urge you to reschedule the venue for hosting of this auspicious occasion from Kololo to a place tailored and licenced for such a high profile event." the LC1 letter said.
The Observer newspaper reported that Modi is expected to visit the country on July 24 at the invitation of President Museveni for bilateral talks at State House Entebbe. Mr Modi is also expected to meet part of the more than 30,000 Indians living and working in Uganda at Kololo Independence grounds.