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Old March 16th, 2012, 10:11 PM   #101
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well traffic has reduced drastically in Kla so I guess we shd give them credit for that, the buses are also charging almost half what taxis were charging only problem is the crowds that wait to board them and the bizarre plastic seats
As for cleaning up Kla, IMO it starts with Ugandans themselves, its not unusual to find a bottle thrown right next to a KCCA bin..that tells you who is most responsible for the dirty mess that is Kla

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well traffic has reduced drastically in Kla so I guess we shd give them credit for that, the buses are also charging almost half what taxis were charging only problem is the crowds that wait to board them and the bizarre plastic seats
As for cleaning up Kla, IMO it starts with Ugandans themselves, its not unusual to find a bottle thrown right next to a KCCA bin..that tells you who is most responsible for the dirty mess that is Kla
for me since only 60 buses have started out of 522 the crowds will be nuetralized the seats are not a big issues the aim is to get to and from work so i dont think people will complain too much about it since they are saving money and getting to where they need to go quickly.
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for me since only 60 buses have started out of 522 the crowds will be nuetralized the seats are not a big issues the aim is to get to and from work so i dont think people will complain too much about it since they are saving money and getting to where they need to go quickly.
I wonder if bigger sized buses would have worked better like the size of the Kenyan buses
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Reconstruction and Renovation of Ben Kiwanuka Rd and Burton street
These two roads are located in Kampala central division in an area that boast of a taxi park several malls,3 large markets a football stadium and several office the potholes have made transport for the thousands of people who live work and congregate here difficult smoother roads and the buses will massivley help especialy in areas like this.The Reconstruction of Kampala's 45 worst roads has begun and this will come as a huge sigh of relief to the shoppers in down-town Kampala it will also help the transport in the city become more smooth namely the new pioneer easy uses . The potholes will get damaged so this has come at a good time . Another 40 roads will begin repair soon . well done KCCA.
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CONSTRUCTION WORKS BEGIN AT BEN-KIWANUKA ROAD
BY NBS TELEVISION · MARCH 13, 2012 · NO COMMENTS
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In the Kampala capital city authority five year development plan, refurbishing and re-construction of the city road network is one of the key activities .The city Authority recently launched the campaign to refurbish the roads in and around Kampala though several road works have not proved the taste of time especially during rainy seasons. Ben Kiwanuka road is one of the roads under the reconstruction program but the stakeholders have different reactions about the road works there.

Since the beginning of this year, different Kampala city road have had on and off small sign posts with the word prescription Men at work, it does not matter whether the same roads have had the same sign posts more than once in the same year.

The reoccurrences of the same sign posts on the same roads is associated to routine pothole filling works that result from shoddy and temporal work done by the contractors.

With such a bad precedent, people who operate around area of reconstruction and refurbishing of roads have instead lost hope in such work associating them to u-necessary inconveniences that instead derail their business operations without credible reason. The y claim the works done on different roads in the city do not tally with their tax remittance but just another cover-up for crafty characters.

But the general manager Multiplex limited, the company doing construction works at Ben Kiwanuka Road says government ought to take responsibility and establish training institutes for the support labor at construction sites to reduce the contractors’ costs. The contractors under take the responsibility to train the support labor which often explains the poor and substandard works.

The contractors challenge the road users to as well take responsibility t while using the constructed abd repaired roads. Irresponsible road usage is often the reason for blocked trenches and drainage system leading to over flooding during rainy season.

Kampala Capital City Authority allocated 45.5 billion shillings for road constructions and repairs in the city this financial year though the city Lord Mayor complained that the allocation did reflect on the ground by the end of last year. Some of the companies that were awarded contracts to undertake road constructions in Kampala city include Multiplex Construction Company, Sterling civil engineering, Eastern Builders, Musonic Limited, Nippon Company and Level Five associates among others
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URA TO GET SH6.5 FROM PIONEER BUSES
MONDAY, 19 MARCH 2012 11:13 Written by Kevin Masaba font size Print E-mail
Uganda Revenue Authority is expecting 6.5b shillings in Taxes from Pioneer Easy Bus company fleet’s number plates.

Pioneer buses started operating a week ago with only temporary number plates in a bid to ease transportation in the Kampala following a planned strike by taxi drivers.One of the directors at Pioneer Easy Bus service David Baingana says the company is organizing to pay the taxes.

Earlier last week when the buses made their superman debut, Kampala Lord Erias Lukwago critiqued the government’s move of using unlicensed cars as a sign of panic.
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City dwellers get brooms as KCCA strives to make garbage history
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THURSDAY, 29 MARCH 2012 23:26 WRITTEN BY SIRAJE LUBWAMA 0 COMMENTS
One of the KCCA's tasks is to rid Kampala of her perennial garbage problem.

Although there are still a host of challenges, KCCA has made some significant strides in the journey of making the sprawling garbage in the city a thing of the past. Siraje Lubwama looks at the achievements thus far.

On June 21, 2011, Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA), under the chairmanship of Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago and with technical guidance from the Authority's Executive Director, Jennifer Musisi, presented, discussed and passed the Shs 164bn budget for the 2011/12 financial year. The budget, which had a shortfall of Shs 64bn, was to be mainly funded by conditional grants to the tune of Shs 101bn, while the rest of the money would be from local KCCA revenue.

The budget estimates, which were approved by the Output Budgeting Tool (OPT) of the ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development, included Shs 17bn allocated to the Authority's department for Health, part of which was for solid waste management.
Now, nine months down the road, KCCA boasts of a number of achievements in solid waste management. These include having reached the final stage of generating electricity from garbage, tremendous achievements in garbage collection and fighting littering in the city that has for some time been ranked the dirtiest capital in East and Central Africa.

Although there are still many challenges, KCCA has made some significant strides in the journey of making the sprawling garbage in the city a thing of the past. Before KCCA took over solid waste management, the defunct Kampala City Council (KCC) used to collect 16 tons of garbage monthly, which collection has increased to 27 tons, despite KCCA having allocated a smaller budget to the activity than its predecessor.

Dr Judith Tumusiime, a consultant, explains that the improvement in KCCA's solid waste management is a result of a number of actions, including: improved supervision, proper planning, engagement of a team of motivated young graduates to supervise activities, monitoring fuel consumption and regular transporting of garbage to the Kiteezi land fill, even at night.

The Authority has also intensified its campaign on waste management, including through the Media, in schools and recruitment of a transitional team to sensitise communities.

Solid waste law
KCCA had to take another key step of blowing the dust off the Solid Waste Management Ordinance 2009 and prosecuting some offenders. The Ordinance requires, among other things, that the party that generates garbage (the garbage generator) is responsible for its final disposal.

"Despite the sensitization carried out, KCCA has been forced to prosecute about 300 people to date who, [have been littering] our city; and those convicted are subjected to community service," Dr Tumusiime told The Observer in an interview. "Whoever is convicted has his or her photograph posted onto KCCA's website on the 'Wall of Shame.' This exercise will continue until people change this bad behavior."

Emphasising this move, the Executive Director, Musisi, said KCCA, which has a small enforcement team, will seek assistance from the police in apprehending culprits and, if need be, set up magistrate's courts in each of the five urban municipalities to speed up prosecution. Besides improved garbage collection, other activities that have contributed to increased cleanliness of the capital city, include sweeping of the streets (both during the day and at night), greening and de-silting.

Civil society boost
The Authority has also outsourced some of its work to government organizations, civil society and foundations, including: Kampala City Yange (KCY), Bulungi Bwansi, Parliament, religious leaders and a number of corporate entities. The latter, which include manufacturers of plastic bags, recently underwent sensitization by KCY on how best to manage their products to avoid littering. Last month, KCY, which has so far received Shs 1.2bn from Warid Telecom to sensitize and mobilize city dwellers, launched, together with KCCA, a monthly general cleaning exercise to be conducted every last Saturday of the month. The second city clean-up day is tomorrow, beginning at 8am.

"We're not fighting [the people]; we're fighting with them by bringing them on board to own their city - just like our name suggests (Kampala City Yange is Luganda for Kampala City is Mine). We're here to sensitize people on how to handle garbage by cultivating a culture of being responsible for keeping our environment clean. With a well sensitised community, we need to use less money to achieve this," Richard Kawesa, KCY chief executive officer, told The Observer.

To achieve this, KCY will award periodical prizes to excelling city parishes, which will include an annual golden trophy and Shs 50m.

Electricity from waste
"The biggest [achievement] is yet to come. We're in the process of planning to manufacture electricity from garbage and once we realize this, Uganda will be the first country in East and Central Africa to have this waste-to-energy plant where electricity will be produced from waste," Dr Tumusiime said proudly.

"For this project, which is also going to provide employment mainly to the youth, KCCA has so far received 50 proposals, but we're going to formerly call for expressions of interest by the end of May. It's not only a huge investment; it will also help us get rid of garbage in the city."

Former Town Clerk, Ruth Kijjambu, told The Observer that KCC had a similar plan of generating electricity from garbage for more than a decade, but was frustrated by top politicians, which is not the case with the Authority. In fact, unlike other areas of KCCA, this is the only department that has seen some kind of teamwork between politicians and technical staff. Lukwago, urban mayors and most councilors have taken leadership in championing the city clean-up exercise. Kijjambu says Musisi should take advantage of the good working relationship she has with President Museveni to deliver excellent services for city dwellers.

"If we had the kind of political will from the President that Musisi enjoys now; if we had her abnormal salary - which is 40 times what we were earning (Musisi's salary is Shs 36m per month, excluding allowances and other benefits); if we had the kind of powers she has [given to her by the law]; and if our proposals, like collecting revenue and chasing hawkers out of the city, were not fought by the now reformed President, we would probably have performed better," Kijjambu said, adding that the KCCA budget is also much bigger than KCC's.

But the longest serving KCC Town Clerk, Gordon Mwesigye, told The Observer that it takes more than money to ably manage the city technically.

"Even if I were to be paid twice as much as Musisi earns, I could never go back to KCCA. You lose sleep! There are problems to solve every minute and you're never appreciated, even by the politicians you work with," said Mwesigye, currently Uganda Human Rights Commission Secretary.

Challenges
Despite all the strategies, a host of challenges still face waste management in the city, the biggest being attitudes of the populace. Majority of people in the community, both the elite and the illiterate, are not concerned about where the garbage ends, provided it is out of their immediate environment. That is why garbage is dumped in drainages and on roadsides. According to KCY field officer, Allan Kajoro, both informal and some informal garbage collectors also do not have capacity to transport garbage to Kiteezi, despite the fact that they collect some fee from garbage generators.

"Another challenge is the unprocessed food stuffs brought into town, especially in big markets like Nakasero and St Balikuddembe (Owino). [In addition,] some service providers like shops, eating places and other commercial facilities, refuse to access the services of formal garbage collectors, forgetting that in all developing countries, garbage collection is not a free service," Kajoro said.

Furthermore, despite the commendable waste management in the City Business District, there is still a lot of garbage in slums, which gets mixed up with human waste during the rainy season and ends up in spring wells, most of which are contaminated, according to a recent survey by KCCA. Another major challenge is the failure to sort garbage that is not biodegradable, like plastic, from organic waste.

The survey found that only Makindye urban municipal mayor, Dr Ian Clarke, has sourced Coca Cola to help his administration set up a small sorting plant in the slummy Namuwongo, which was the area of focus in last month's general cleaning exercise. Namuwongo is also often the worst affected area in Kampala in instances of cholera outbreaks.

Dr Tumusiime, who said they will soon invite members of Parliament to join the monthly general cleaning, and later, President Museveni, called on all city dwellers to participate in tomorrow's exercise for the good of "our city"
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Police, KCCA clean up Nakawa
Publish Date: Mar 31, 2012

The Police joined forces with KCCA to clean up Nakawa division. PHOTO by Wilfred Sanya
By Juliet Waiswa


City dwellers Saturday morning yet again took to the streets to clean Kampala as one of the campaigns launched to maintain cleanliness in their working environment.

The exercise carried out by senior police officers and Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) kicked off in Nakawa division.

KCCA, Executive director, Jennifer Musisi said that the move is aimed at creating awareness among the population in schools and markets.

“This is one of our moves to ensure that the city is clean. We are not doing it today only but we want to encourage our people that they should always keep the area where they operate their businesses clean, "she said.

KCCA announced last year in November that every last Saturday of the month will be set aside for all city dwellers to clean their working environment.

Musisi said it is everybody’s responsible to ensure that Kampala is a clean city.

“We as KCCA have set aside a prize for all the five divisions. We want to encourage our people to continuously clean the city,” she said.

It was a spirited effort by the police forces as they piled heaps of gargabe at Nakwa market onto trucks. PHOTO by Wilfred Sanya

The 2000 Kampala City Council Ordinance states that the owner or occupier of any premises is responsible for the sanitary conditions of these premises.

The Nakawa market vendors however complained that the dumping site is a health hazard.

“We appreciate work done by KCCA and police today, but we want them to get us a better place where we can dump our waste as it accumulates in this place yet we sell perishables,” Mariam Maziri said.

This is the second exercise that the authority has done in a bid to clean Kampala. The exercise dubbed City Yange, Kuma Bulungi Bwansi was sponsored by Pioneer Easy Bus, Rwenzori mineral water, Multiplex and Dyanapharm.

The Mayor of Nakawa Benjamin Kalumba was accompanied by city councilor Anthony Mugume and others.

Kalumba complained of traders who carry leaves and other plantations in the market which he said has led to the increasing garbage in the market.
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KCCA were tasked to revive many of the City run-down and dejected monuments .They started with the roundabouts here one that's been upgraded.

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KCCA launches road construction works on 3 roads
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Kampala Capital City Authority has launched road construction works on 3 roads that have been in a terrible state in Nakawa and Kawempe divisions.
The KCCA Executive Director Jennifer Musisi Semakula says the road construction project that has been launched today is to be done on Bukoto Kisasi road, Kawempe Tula road and Kawempe Kalerwe road at a total of 18 billion shillings.

While launching the construction work of Bukoto Kisasi Road at the Bukoto trading center a suburb of Kampala, Jennifer Semakula says KCCA has been getting problems with contractors whom they give contracts and do sub-standard work but expressed hope in Energo Construction Company that has been given the contract.

In an interview with radio Simba the Kampala Capital City Authority Spokesperson Peter Kawuju says once construction of the above roads is done, it will reduce the traffic jam that has become a problem on most city roads.
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Regionals NWSC commissions sh250m Matugga water pump
Publish Date: Apr 11, 2012
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By Patrick Jaramogi

National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC) has launched a project to eradicate Kampala and its suburbs of dry zones.

Dry zones are the places within the Kampala Metropolitan area that are not connected to the NWSC lines.

The project was launched with the commissioning of a Shs250m booster pump in Matugga along the Gulu Highway on Wednesday.
The booster pump will supply over 10,000 residents in the areas of Matugga, Kirwanira, Mabanda, and Kitikitoo areas.

“For several years we have suffered with bad water drawn from springs and wells. Even if this area is known as a liberation war front, it has taken us all these years to get clean piped water. We are happy that water borne diseases will reduce,” said Fred Kawooya, a resident.

“I can’t believe that today we have clean water direct in our homes,” said Rose Musoke, an elderly resident.

The acting managing director NWSC Eng. Alex Gisagara said the campaign has already seen dry zones like Masajja, Najjera, Buwate and parts of Lubowa get water.

“Under the campaign, all dry zones will get piped water. Areas such as Nansana, Gayaza road, Seguku, Nalumunye have already benefited,” he said. He pointed out that the campaign will also be rolled out to Kayunga, Katosi and areas of Mukono.

He said Shs50m was spent on purchasing the booster, while Shs200m was spent on laying the pipes.

He said the campaigns are part of the week-long customer week celebrations to mark 40 years of NWSC.

The general manager Eng. Andrew Sekayizzi said; “as Kampala expands, the population grows, and the demand for water keeps growing.”
The Board Chairperson Christine Nandyose Kasirye said the Matugga booster will not be interrupted by power outages because it has a stand-by generator. “But as we strive to provide clean water, I appeal to all users of water supplied by NWSC to ensure that they boil all the water before they drink it,” she said.

She urged water users to ensure that their tanks are cleaned regularly. “Some people complain that our water is dirty but you find that tanks have spent 15 years un-washed,” she said.
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Business NWSC introduces pre-paid water meters
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Consumers of water supplied by National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC) will start paying for the water prior to using it, NWSC announced on Wednesday.

Eng. Andrew Sekayizzi the General Manager Kampala water said the new move is geared towards improving revenue collections and provision of quality services to the clients.

Umeme introduced a similar billing system (Yaka) in Kitintale last year and is now rolling out countrywide after it proved successful.

‘Prepaid water has no bills, no disconnections, and no reconnections. You pay and enjoy,” he said. Sekayizzi said the pilot project is being conducted in Bugolobi flats a posh Kampala suburb.

“Once we find out that it is successful, we shall roll out prepaid water meters to all domestic consumers countrywide,” he said. He pointed out so far the reports indicate a positive move.

He said the prepaid meter will now enable customers pay only for what they consume and also help them manage their water accounts better. There are over 300,000 clients connected to the NWSC lines in the 23 districts where they are operating countrywide.

“The system will also enable the company to improve efficiency in billing, thus cutting costs associated with meter reading and data processing,” he explained.

New Vision established that the pilot project is scheduled to run for the next six months in Bugolobi flats.

Sekayizzi was addressing residents of Kisenyi, a Kampala suburb during the commissioning of urban-poor service initiatives.

Under the initiative, poor urban communities in Kawempe, Kanyanya, Mpererwe, and Lugoba will have community stand pipes where they will purchase a 20 liter jerry can of water at Shs21.

Under the system, users will pay money to NWSC which will then load it into a chip that they (users) will use to draw water from the kiosks.

“The pilot project of the pre-paid water metering systems worked out so well in Kisenyi, I, II, III and Kagugube that is why we are now rolling it out to Bwaise and Kawempe,” said Sakayizzi.

The pre-paid water meters will be installed at water kiosks operated by private operators and community organizations, as well as domestic consumers. He said their target to have more than 90% of Kampala citizens have access to clean water by 2015.

Sekayizzi said NWSC intension is to reach a high number of residents, since each kiosk serves between 200 and 300 customers.

Councilor Madina from Kawempe said the people who have been selling a jerry can of water at Shs700- 1000 should now devise other means of cheating residents.

“It was a reaping in huge amounts. Somebody buys water at Shs20 and sells it at Shs700, yet his/her convenience. When he/she is away, the people who fetch from his tap suffer. This will stop,”´ said Agnes Mugabi a resident of Kanyanya.

Sekayizzi said NWSC had also secured 2500 prepaid meters to cater for Banda and Kinawataka areas.

The Bwaise, Kawempe project will benefit over 3,000 residents while the Kisenyi project was benefiting over 5,000 families.
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KCCA to fix three roads
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TUESDAY, 17 APRIL 2012 23:33 WRITTEN BY SIRAJE LUBWAMA 1 COMMENTS
In a bid to reduce traffic jam in the city, the World Bank has given Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) Shs 18bn to tarmac three roads in Nakawa and Kawempe divisions. The money is a boost to the Shs 45bn allocated by central government this financial year towards maintaining city roads. The roads to be upgraded are Bukoto – Kisaasi road (3km), Kalerwe – Ttula road (3.3km) and Kawempe – Mpererwe (2.6km). Launching the road works at Bukoto recently, KCCA Executive Director Jennifer Musisi said the roads would be built to modern standards, and completed in tem months. The Serbian Energo Construction Company won the contract for the works.

These roads fall under phase one of the Kampala Institutional Infrastructure Development Project (KIIDP). Bonnie Nsambu, KIIDP program Engineer, said that after compensating some people whose structures would be destroyed, roads would be nine metres wide, including 1.5-metre surface-dressed shoulders wide on either side.

However, Musisi’s launch in Kawempe division nearly flopped as she was only welcomed by the Ttula parish priest George William Kasule, and about 200 empty chairs t at Kirokole Church of Uganda compound. It took the initiatives of area councillor Ramadhan Lukwago to borrow a megaphone of Kirokole LCI to mobilize market vendors in Kirokole trading centre to attend the ceremony.

“I thank Ttula residents for being patient for the last five years in these bad roads. Now that we have launched its construction, expect more from KCCA,” Musisi said, before giving the residents some money for water and soda, an act that excited traders more.
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Councilors back Musisi’s move on markets
Publish Date: Apr 20, 2012

Vendors at Nakasero market cleaning the market
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A group of Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) councilors have backed the decision taken by the authority’s boss, Jennifer Musisi to take over revenue collections and management of city markets.

KCCA technical team resolved to take over revenue collections and management of Nakasero and St. Balikuddembe markets to restore order and redevelop the markets, after former management teams allegedly defaulted on dues.

Musisi also ordered for fresh registration of market vendors claiming that the current lists were inflated by some politicians and established businessmen, which is a gross abuse of the Presidential directive.

“It was shocking to find established businessmen and politicians on the lists. What would a millionaire be doing in the market?” she wondered.

The group led by Makerere Councilor, Bernard Luyiga said those against Musisi’s move have selfish interests and don’t want development in the city.

Addressing journalists at City Hall, Luyiga who spoke on behalf of the group, said KCCA’s new strategy will easily relieve vendors of masqueraders like politicians and businessmen from the markets.

“It will help to know the exact number of vendor and space available in the market to easily come up with better systems of collecting taxes by KCCA. It will also be easy to plan for the traders. Previous managers of markets were charging exorbitant revenues with force and even never remitted to KCCA as expected,” he said.

He refuted allegations that KCCA was using the trick to take over the ownership of markets, saying that the move is just meant to streamline revenue collections in the markets and protect the genuine vendors.
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Passenger buses revving to end Kampala’s traffic nightmare
Published on : 25 April 2012 - 11:44am | By RNW Africa Desk

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Last month, Kampala witnessed the introduction of 100 big, bright orange buses meant to decongest the notoriously busy city. Riders are enthusiastic about their low fares and swifter routes. But will the new fleet actually lighten traffic?

By Mark Schenkel, Kampala

For Marion Najjingo, life in Uganda’s hectic capital has become less stressful. The 21 year old commutes six days a week between her home in suburban Luzira and downtown Kampala, where she works as a cashier in a supermarket. That 11-kilometer distance once demanded a lot of patience and money.

Like tens of thousands of fellow riders, Najjingo can’t afford her own car. She had to depend on a matatu, the 14-seater taxi bus that is the standard mode of transport for many Ugandans.

The matatu has a dubious reputation. For one, passengers must wait until the vehicle fills up before it departs. Along the way, there are frequent stops to drop off and pick up passengers. Complaints about reckless driving and unfriendly customer service abound. What’s more, matatus – given their near monopoly – sometimes raise tariffs unannounced.

For Najjingo, these worries belong to the past.

An unusual sight
People are growing accustomed to the sight of big, bright orange coaches plying Kampala’s streets. “I am very happy with these new buses,” says Najjingo on a trip back home in one of them.

The buses stop only at designated spots. And they need not wait to reach full capacity before taking off. Excitement among everyday commuters is palpable.

Who is to thank? Pioneer Easy Bus, a private company, entered into an agreement with the Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) to provide an alternative, more reliable and affordable mode of transport.

Pioneer, so far having introduced one hundred buses, says it will add another 422 this year. The ultimate aim is to make many of the matatus superfluous – and to put an end to Kampala’s notorious traffic jams.

Better riding
Many commuters seem to appreciate the changes. The neatly dressed drivers and conductors. Automatic doors. Stop buttons that allow passengers to indicate when they want to exit. For the vehicle to make a stop, riders no longer need to yell what has become an almost rhetorical ‘Maaso awo!’ (Luganda for ‘In front there!’).

Pioneer buses are designed to transport 30 seated passengers and 30 standees. Though being on your feet for a drive’s duration can be tiring – Kampala is riddled with potholes – Najjingo says she still prefers a Pioneer over a matatu. “It’s more spacious,” she says, holding on to a handle.

The Chinese-built vehicles even have TV screens, though one needs to know Mandarin to understand programmes’ subtitles.

Ultimately, Pioneer’s fixed rate of 0.24 euro cents is what make passengers most happy. “Matatus charged me at least 1,000 shillings [0.30 euro cents] and sometimes even 2,000,” says Najjingo. She earns about 30 euros a month and – like everyone else in Uganda – is faced with 21 percent inflation.

Fewer traffic jams?
Yet the main worry among commuters is that the city’s congestion will actually increase by the time Pioneer puts all its buses on the road. The first fleet was hastily introduced on a day when Kampala’s matatu owners went on strike against the new levies introduced by the KCCA. What’s more, the state authority’s plan to “phase out” matatus does not seem to have started properly yet.

Pioneer's head of marketing, Herbert Mucunguzi, claims he knows matatu owners already pushed out of business due to the new competition. That claim is denied by Wilson Mwanje, an executive member of the ten thousand members-strong Uganda Taxi Drivers and Owners Association.

“Matatus will stay,” Mwanje says. “Pioneer buses only cover certain stretches. Matatus take you anywhere.”

Viability
Amidst the praise, questions about the new fleet’s viability remain. Past bus projects in Kampala have failed due to mismanagement, corruption or political infighting.

So, how does Pioneer intend to make the necessary profits, given its low fares? “Through the economy of scale,” says Mucunguzi. “Right now, we carry between 150,000 and 200,000 passengers a day. By the time we have 522 buses on the road, we expect to carry between one and one and a half million.”

Pioneer also expects to start branding its buses. “We already have advertising commitments from MTN and Pepsi Cola,” says Mucunguzi.








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The path to making Kampala beautiful

KCCA officials erect street lights. Photos by FAISWAL KASIRYE

By Sharon Omurungi (email the author)

Posted Sunday, April 29 2012 at 00:00
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Beautification is more than just cleaning the city. It involves among others creating green spaces and erecting better structures.

Seated in the shade of one of the new bus stops in the city. One would assume that they are waiting for a bus to take them to their destination. But three buses later, all of them are still firmly fixed to their seats, staring blankly into space. In fact, the only people who board the buses are the ones that come running after them, or the ones standing.

Yet the seated people are not there by mistake. The bus stops are the only public sitting space the city has to offer. There are no public parks or green patches of land to rest from the scorching sun, no place to take a break before they go back to their work places. Centenary Park has been forfeited to bars, and the old children’s park in Kamwokya is now yet another commercial building.

The lack of space is only the first challenge facing the Kampala City Council Authority’s plan to beautify the capital. Though the KCCA has made some headway in its first year under its Executive Director Jennifer Musisi, it has largely focused on function. Some roads have been repaired, street lights installed, a litter ban imposed, and they are now aiming to tackle parking by requiring owners to provide space for cars inside their buildings.

Transport remains the main concern for Ugandans.
Betty Namale, a businesswoman, says she does not like anything about Kampala. Especially the taxis. Actually, it is better we stayed with the buses alone as a form of public transport.”

Namale is not the only one who has an issue with the transport system. Sarah Mbabazi hates boda bodas and thinks they should be put out of the city because they make the city very disorganised. “We can do without those boda bodas. I would rather we walked the long distances.” She adds that the schools in the city centre should be moved to the out skirts because they create unnecessary traffic jams.
But functionality does not equal beauty.

Richard Kaweesa, a musician and the Director of Kampala City Yange, a local NGO whose primary aim is to see the city looking good, says he believes there is nothing that gives value and beauty to a place like trees. “The government should put a law on cutting trees,” he says, adding that they also add market value to land.
Kaweesa says Kampala can be as good as other cities or even better. While Kigali is known for its cleanliness and Nairobi for being the green city, the KCCA still has a chance to define itself beyond its potholes. It can create anything – art, beautiful buildings, lighting – you name it.

According to Ms Mary Karooma, the head of the KCCA landscape department, a strategy is already underway to ultimately beautify Kampala. Though it is still a piecemeal plan without a budget, it has Kampala’s views in mind.

Kampala has several hills where you can stand and get a good view of the city. However, a big part of the view consists of slums and ramshackle houses. According to Ms Karooma, these slums should be gotten rid of, though she acknowledges the people living in them have not yet had a say.

On the other end of the spectrum, when Worker’s House was opened, many people were excited about the tall attractive glass building. Videos are shot in the country are not deemed genuine without it in sight. Ms Karooma says the plan now is to have more colourful buildings in the city. The buildings will also be devoid of advertising, which seem to plaster the sides of most city structures.

Ads have started to become an eye sore as they are often placed in close proximity to each other and with no concern for their surroundings. Ms Karooma says this will stop because the authority will introduce poster policy that advertisers will have to follow.
Kampala’s drainage system is another sore sight. The system carries anything and everything, which usually chokes it and everything ends up being spilled on the streets.

Ms Karooma says the drains will be covered; meanwhile, she says rain water should be redirected to create a dam or a man-made lake. “There are so many things that can be done in a lake. We can also use this lake to beautify the city,” she explains.

In 2007, solar street lights were installed by Kampala City Council under Mayor Nasser Ntege Ssebagala. But these failed after a few months. For long, it was dangerous to move along any street in Kampala for fear of being robbed. Apart from beautifying the city, the lights also help to prevent crime. However, the city’s life was brought back last November when Ms Musisi commissioned 2,180 lights for Kampala’s streets. Although a few streets have not yet had the lighting, Ms Karooma says plans are underway to have every street sparkle in the night.

For some primary schools, touring and getting to know one’s country means passing via the independence monument on Speke Road. Why? Because it tells of a history of the country. Below that monument is a large sculpture of Sir Kabaka Edward Muteesa II with scribbling telling of who he is; the King of Buganda and the first President of Uganda. But that monument is guarded jealously that no idlers are allowed there without permission.

Ms Karooma says art does not have to tell a history of the community only but it can also tell a story of the people that are living. It could be an activity that community engages into. Or it could be an art that educates people. She insists more historical and cultural displays will also be encouraged to tell the story of the country.
“Art is to celebrate Uganda,” Ms Karooma says.
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One year on - Jennifer Musisi
Publish Date: Apr 30, 2012

Jennifer Musisi

Jennifer Musisi became the Executive Director of the newly constituted Kampala Capital City Authority on April 15th 2011. It has been an explosive year since then, full of confrontations and drama, but also full of achievements and steps forward. She sat down with Kalungi Kabuye in a wide covering interview. Excerpts:

Q: How would you describe your first year in office?

A: The year has been very eventful in different ways, mostly because we are setting up a brand new institution, the Kampala City Council Authority. There has been a lot of learning, but there has also been a lot of sheer hard work to get this institution started. When I reported last year, I had no staff; so basically I came in to set up this institution with no administrative structure, no budget, and no directors. And no politicians. Amidst all these challenges we have seen many good things happen and we are happy for the things that have gone well.

When you set out you had certain targets to meet, how far do you think you have gone into achieving these?

I cannot say that we have achieved the fundamental targets, because before you can set any goals and other deliverables for the institution, you have got to first set up the institution. In this one year, we have been able to draw up a new organizational structure and have been able to get it approved. We have also been able to draw up financial and accountability systems. We have been able to draw up, get approved and get provided for a budget for the new institution.

We have drawn up strategic plans, a vision, mission and objectives. We have determined goals for the institution going forward and we believe that the only remaining component for that is the staffing of the structure. You can have all these good things but you need the personnel to breathe life into the institution and that is what we are doing. Once the recruitment of staff under KCCA has been completed we will be ready to go.

But you obviously achieved something…

Yes, we have been able to restart basic services to the city, cleaned it up, and have upped garbage collection. I hope many people have realized that the city is now cleaner. We have started greening the city, worked on decongestion through the removal of street vendors and general visual de-cluttering of the city. We have put some water features in the place and really improved the way the way it looks. We have restored accountability and compliance in our stakeholders, recovered a lot of properties, streamlined operations and been able to deliver services like in our regulatory function.

The planning directorate has improved its speed of delivery like the approval of plans. We have put up street lights and improved road network in the Central Business District. Things have been good, considering the challenges we have had.

Does KCCA have enough money to do what you had planned for?

In the past one year we have significantly improved revenue collection, from about sh28b annually to a target of sh44b this year. In spite of the challenges we have collected over sh30b and it is not yet the end of the financial year, so we think we are going to reach that target and hopefully surpass it. This revenue is helping us do the things you are seeing take place in the city. For instance, we have increased revenue collections from the taxis from sh392m to about sh1.9b a month. Now we are going into other areas like trade licenses to improve collections from there. The markets have also not been remitting revenue so we are now in Nakasero and are moving to St. Balikudembe soon.

What do you see as the total revenue potential of the city?

It is difficult to tell because it has not yet been scientifically arrived at, we have not been able to capture all the revenue sources and their potential which is what we want to try and do, so that we can know all the revenue heads and try and get some statistics in terms of revenue generation. A lot of revenue was being lost by agents collecting for KCC, either they would not remit it or they would not collect it, or a mix of both. If we put the system that we have planned and started to implement in place; if we get professional, well-motivated staff we should be able to support our budget in the next 5 years and not go to government for funding.

What was your budget shortfall this year?

We submitted a budget for sh256b to government, but we eventually got sh144b including revenue approved. Of that sh44b is supposed to come from local revenue and that is why I’m saying we have collected sh30b so far. But even what government had approved to give has been affected by budget cuts since then. For example, we were given sh43b for the roads and then government asked us to use sh17b of that to pay contracts inherited from the Ministry of Works, so that money is not available to us. That affected our budget for roads, so we are not going to be able to do as much we wanted to, unfortunately.

But we are looking towards getting partnerships because it is probably unrealistic to imagine that the government will fund us 100% in all the areas that we want funded. That is why we are not only enhancing our own revenue collection but are also looking at partners to help us. We are pursuing a partnership funded by the Chinese government to do our infrastructure in the city. If we have that taken care of (the major roads) then we will be able to use our budget for other areas.

The other initiative we have taken is that we are approaching development partners and agencies, all sorts of them. We had a donors conference recently, just to tell them what our vision is, what we have managed to achieve, what we need to achieve, and where the gaps are and asking them to see where they can come in to support us and we got a very positive response. So we think that working the three together will help us get a better budget.

There are some obvious areas of concern to Kampala residents, how have you addressed them?

One major area of concern is the bitumen road network within the Central Business District and the gravel roads in the outskirts. The public expected the roads to magically transform into first class roads in the first two weeks I was in office. We have not been able to do that but we have been able to improve the roads a lot. We have done a lot of road repairs where there have been pot holes, resurfaced some major roads, and improved gravel roads. We have not done 100% of all the roads in the city, basically because we do not have the budget to do it.

What are the roads you have worked on?

We have worked on roads such as the Gadhafi road, the old Kampala-Makerere road, Allen road, Buxton Street in the lower CBD, Sikh lane, Namirembe Road, Channel Street, Ben Kiwanuka Street, Upper Kololo road above the airstrip and others. We have also done a lot of work on the drainage system to alleviate the problem of flooding by de-silting and de-clogging of the drainage system. There were almost zero street lights when we came in, but we have installed 2,087 street lights on 75 or so roads in the CBD and areas like Katwe.

We are moving into the outer areas of the city. The major challenge has been theft of the electricity fixtures, the switches and wires; and we also found that the utility companies have damaged a lot of wiring because of cutting across the roads and walk ways.

What about garbage collection? That is a major Kampala problem

We have increased collection by 37.5% from where we found it. We have also been able to install about 750 garbage trash cans in the city. We are partnering with the communities to see how they can improve garbage collection. We are also doing a lot of sensitization to get locals to own and take care of the city. The communal involvement with the Kampala City Yange foundation, to get the public to participate in cleaning the city, is taking off very well.

Which companies are licensed to collect garbage? There was confusion in the past as to which ones are licensed

There are company’s licensed to collect garbage, but the law states that the person generating garbage should take care of its disposal. That means that if you cannot dispose of it yourself, you have to pay someone to do it for you. We have been supplementing that as the City Authority because many people are unaware, or they do not want to pay for it. So there are companies that have been licensed to collect garbage for a fee, which happens in every city. But as KCCA we have been collecting garbage and we will continue doing so while sensitizing the community. At some point the communities will have to make a contribution to the removal of the garbage they generate but it is going to be a process. We have also been punishing people that drop trash in the city.

What percentage of garbage collection is done by Private companies?


The biggest part is done by us, but we found there were companies contracted by government to clean the city. We paid them about sh2b a month but they were not doing a good job so when these contracts have expired we have not renewed them. So the ladies and men you see cleaning the streets now in KCCA reflectors are people that we pay. We are doing this to achieve at least three aims. One, we use community organizations by giving them an area, which is creating jobs for the people. Secondly, we are creating ownership of the city because if they are cleaning the city they begin to love and own it, that’s why you see them work incredible hours just to keep the city clean. But meanwhile, we are also getting a cleaner city because these people are doing such a good job. Going forward we will continue to employ the youth, the women and the widows - people that have otherwise been unemployed. The people you see cleaning and building ramps are people that we get from the communities through partnerships.

What about Kampala traffic, which is crazy at the best of times?

We found traffic management plans in place that have not been implemented for various reasons, but we are reviewing traffic flow patterns in the city and looking to create alternatives. The plan of having buses was to reduce on the number of cars getting into the city.

The road network that we have today was designed in the 50’s and 60’s for a small number of cars. The roads are old and narrow, and there are too many roundabouts that should not be in a modern city. Ideally the roads should have been redesigned and replaced. If we get funds we would be able to do a lot of these things. Right now we are looking at putting traffic lights where there are none, and eventually remove some of the roundabouts. Our plan has fly overs in certain areas starting with the Kitgum house, Electoral Commission, Nakumatt junction, but that’s in the long term. Also part of the metropolitan physical development plan is to decongest the city so that people do not have to come into the city to shop and bank and do stuff.
Hopefully government will relocate some of its ministries out of the city to increase the already limited parking space, because almost every government ministry building has a no parking zone around it.
If we had enough buses hopefully that will drive most of the smaller commuter vans (taxis) out of the city and into the outskirts.



Currently there are only 100 buses, how many are there supposed to be?

The Bus Company has informed us that the next bunch of 100 buses is ready to be shipped next month (May) and should be here in the next three months. But indications are that even the next 100 buses will not meet the demand, so our arrangement with them is another 100 every month and eventually have 520 buses on some routes. Other routes will not have any buses because of the way the contracts were drafted. Some will have abundant buses, while others will have zero buses until we get another service provider to provide buses for those, we did not want a monopoly for the entire city.

What are the issues with Mukono and Wakiso districts?

The contract with Pioneer Easy Bus is for the provision of buses for Kampala city and not beyond that. So if Mukono and Wakiso want to have the buses they have to enter some formal agreement with the bus company.
And then there are the boda bodas We have a plan for the Boda-bodas but we will first partner with them, sensitize them, and then implement. We need to count and register them first, and then set basic regulations. I have a meeting scheduled with their 12 elected leaders next week. We want to begin working with them on how to improve their industry in the city. You realize that you cannot just pluck them off the streets and throw them away. You have to have a plan of what happens after that, and how they can continue to earn an income.

So what plans do you have?

Initially we need to get a hold of the statistics and then provide alternatives, perhaps we should have specific numbers in specific divisions, so if you are in Makindye you operate from there, if you are Nakawa, you operate there so that we do not have 80,000 boda-bodas roaming the city all the time.
We intend to carry out some basic training for them because of the traffic nuisance that they have become, and then also give them alternatives. The KCCA has funds that we give out to create employment and so far we have funded about 430 groups. So far we have given out over sh1b to low income groups to facilitate them to do business, and they can also benefit from those programs, so not all youth look to become boda boda riders.

The police seem to let boda bodas do what they want, how are you going to address this, for example get them off the pavements and walkways?

There is no way you can implement any traffic program without the participation of police. However at the moment the police, like anybody else, is overwhelmed by the sheer numbers of the boda bodas. So the numbers have got to be controlled, and they are also a security concern.

Is there political pressure for them to stay?

There are people from the political side saying that these are our voters, poor Ugandans, and that we are being elitist and discriminatory. Many members of the public are telling us to just get rid of them and throw them out of town like we did with the street vendors, but these people need a livelihood, so we have to balance employment and social issues; all those tender areas that come with trying to enforce the changes in a multi-faceted society like we have in the city. We have to provide some alternatives so you do not have this whole mass of people just ganging up and protesting because they have nothing to do.

KCC was probably one of the most corrupt institutions in the country, what have you done about it?

We have recovered large amounts of money, for example sh60b from fictitious and defective supplies, and at least sh56b on undeclared accounts. We have recovered a lot of properties like the Sezibwa Road and Mabua Road houses; the Kikajjo land, and the area that is fenced off opposite the railway station. We also cancelled some leases that were irregularly awarded, reclaimed some property like vehicles, and clamped down on fuel abuse from sh240m a week to about sh45m. Right now we have over 50 criminal files involving mostly our staff that is in the process of being prosecuted.

There has been a huge problem in corrupt and illegal licensing of structures in the city

The institution had died, whereas KCC was supposed to be the regulator, it was now participating in breaching its own regulations, but we are working on changing that round. You will appreciate that we are still working with a lot of staff who were under KCC so some cases of malpractice are still going on. That will reduce when we get more professional staff with a high level of integrity on board. But we have recently discovered that a lot of the documentations, like permits and licenses, purportedly given by KCCA are actually forgeries. There are more forgeries in the Taxi revenue documentation, fraudulent bank stamps, fraudulent bank advice forms, and all that.

For example Centenary Park?

That contract was not supervised properly, there was a breach, so we are addressing that and we shall take remedial action. We will give the details on what is going to happen in that area in the coming future but it is just one of the contracts that were mismanaged under KCC.

Are the irregularly offered contracts reversible?

Legally if your officer irregularly issues out a document you can reverse it but you also have to prosecute the officer. Those are some the things that we are doing now. A road reserve is a road reserve, so getting a permit to build on a road reserve is not right. We did demolish a lot of illegal structures, the last time I checked we had demolished 250 illegal structures on road reserves, walls and semi-permanent structures build in road reserves.

But in the city centre we had to do a technical assessment so we set up a technical team from the architects association, engineers, and the Ministry of Lands to assess those buildings. Their findings were that a lot of them had actually breached the building regulations, so one of the options we had was to penalize them, but the penalties in place are not punitive enough to cause serious compliance.

The next option we had was to demolish the structures. But these buildings were so poorly built that if you removed some of the shops underneath you would compromise the stability of the building, and they would crumble. If you demolish one, many others would crumble. So we stepped back and said maybe we should penalize them.

A few of the owners have actually reconverted the areas back into parking spaces. But going forward we are not going to approve any building plans without parking spaces. And we are supervising to ensure that the parking space is put in place during construction, otherwise we will not give an occupation permit when the building is completed. We are penalizing some and demolishing others. The technical team gave us an initial report, but it is doing more work and will come up with recommendations that will guide us going forward for the remedial actions for each circumstance.

One of the problems we have in Uganda is proper maintenance of structures once put up, how will you deal with that?

One of the things that we keep telling the public is that the responsibility of transforming the city has got to be shared. No matter much money the government throws into KCCA, no matter how good our plans are, the public has to be involved to maintain the city. If the public continues trashing on the streets and stealing our trash cans like they have been doing; pulling out wires, stealing street lights and throwing garbage though car windows, it will be counterproductive. We have spent a lot of money in greening the city, buying grass and flowers and paying money for labour, but the public is pulling out these plants, walking on them and bruising the plants, so they are dying. In the evening they lie on the grass and kill it.

Whenever it rains and the drainage is clogged we send out teams who find fragments of bricks in the drainage channels, foetuses, polythene bags, dead bodies and all manner of junk in there.

So no matter how much money we spend on de-clogging and de-silting, if the public does not change its practices we are not going to win. I was given a bill of sh600m to de-clog a certain part of Nakivubo Channel that had been clogged with plastics in one spot and yet there are eight spots. I do not have the budget to do that continuously, so the only salvation is for the public to stop using the channel as a trash dump.

We are already seeing some changes, but we intend to use a multi-faceted approach, one is sensitizing the public to love their city. We have people reprimand others for trashing on the streets and report others for trying to steel our bins and lights, and we have arrested some and that is a good thing. We have had maybe 70 people arrested and prosecuted for trashing. We are going to continue sensitization on radio, papers and in communities using our political leaders at different levels for the public to appreciate what it means to leave in a clean environment. So it has to take all of us. We are going to schools and addressing assemblies so that the children can grow up while appreciating the value of a clean environment. So it is a multifaceted approach.

In all this how much has politics been a hindrance?

Much of it has been as a hindrance and has had a negative effect on the economic sector. The business community is what gives us revenue through property rates, trading licenses, hotel tax, and local service tax. But if they are interrupted in their work because of a political occurrence then that is bad for us as the Authority because it makes the city insecure, it makes people afraid to come and do business and trade in the city. It’s been disruptive and diversionary but it has not stopped us from achieving a lot of good things. Going forward we hope that even politically things will settle down. I respect the fact that we are adjusting to a new law with the creation of the KCCA, but the politicians need to respect that. We all need to respect that the city is being managed away from the politics, and is being managed like a corporate entity.

And the wrangles with the Lord Mayor?

A lot of the wrangles are simply perceptions, and what the public and the Lord Mayor perhaps sees as acrimony is the new law. Power sources have changed, financial control changed, and functions changed. When we implement the law there has been a lot of misunderstanding which is perceived as a wrangle. For example one of the duties of the Executive

Director is to advise the City Authority headed by the Lord Mayor on legal matters. So where I have had to advise the Lord Mayor on some matters, it has been perceived as a wrangle with the politicians.

Where I have had to give advice on matters financial it has been perceived as opposing the politicians, but I am legally required to do that. I’m also legally required to be the head of the public service of the institution, to be the spokesperson, to implement government programs, and to be the coordinator with government. There are a whole host of responsibilities that the law gives me and that are what I have been doing. But that takes away a lot that was being done by the politicians in the past. But on the technical side we have a strategy, a plan and we have key deliverables that we have set for ourselves within certain timeframes and we are doing very well. I don’t know about the politicians and there deliverables, I know about us and I think we are making a lot of progress.

Has the relationship with other politicians generally improved over the year?

Yes, definitely. I think I would say our relationship with the politicians may be 90% positive. The other government organs that comprise politicians have been working, and even today they are meeting, they are discussing policy issues, making recommendations and getting reports ready. What we are waiting for is an ordinary Authority meeting, which the Lord Mayor is supposed to call, to present what they have been working on. So we relate very well, we interact with them and on the whole we are working well with the politicians. We long moved away from the divisions and disparities.

There has been a bit of frustration on their part, whereby the divisions are not functioning as they should financially because the law centralized all the financial management here in the office of the Executive Director, away from the divisions. The law gives the Executive Director powers to delegate as she deems fit to the division Town Clerks. But Town Clerks have not been appointed because the staff structure was approved just last month. Adverts have been put out and we should be getting town clerks appointed before too long and delegate some of my financial roles, hopefully before the end of the financial year.

The divisions will then be functioning in terms of having sub-accounting officers stationed there, but in the meantime every division that has been bringing programs for funding we have been funding them.

What are your plans for next year?

When the organization is fully in place we will start on what we set out to do. We have a very vibrant gender directorate that works on the economic empowerment of the youth, job creation programs, and projects such as renovating markets that is going to continue. In the engineering and technical services we are going to continue fixing roads and build structures. We want to renovate our over 100 primary schools. We are also moving towards recycling garbage and right now we are looking at proposals.

So far we have gotten proposals from 50 countries from all over the world, including Uganda, that we are getting a consultant to assess and get the best. We are looking to generate bio energy from the waste as one of the projects, we have done some initial tests as one of the programs we want to do in the short run. We are looking at teaching the communities to sort and recycle waste, and are putting up waste recycling centres. We already have one in Namuwongo and are looking at putting up others in other divisions.

In the health segment we are soon taking over Naguru hospital, we want to improve the services being offered there and equip it better. We are looking at renovating health centres such as in Kisugu, Kawempe and others to give better services to people. In the revenue segment we intend to improve revenue collection and our planning and projects; we want to improve on those services and roll them out to the divisions.

Can you paint a picture of what Kampala will be like next year?

We have a vision to create a liveable, sustainable, healthy and really nice city, but we can only do that with other contributing factors in place. If we had adequate provisions in terms of financing we could be able to do that because we are accountable people and we have set up good systems of accountability.

If we had more funding we would do more; if we had all the staff on board we would do more; if we got out of politicking to concentrate on where we would like the organization to go as a city Authority we would achieve more. Well as we have a vision to transform Kampala very significantly, there are many other factors that play into that. I do not want to promise things that I am not able to deliver on, I want to work realistically. But our commitment is to significantly improve Kampala and make it a better city for everybody.

You have said you have no life, and that life is increasingly being threatened with harm, why do you do it?

Because it is my city, it is my children’s city and will be their children’s city. We cannot all go away and live elsewhere, somebody has to do it, and I will do my part. When my contract is over after three years I will hand over to somebody else and they will do their part. I also believe in God, and believe I have a calling to do what I can for Kampala.



Uganda: City Clean-Up Project to Turn Garbage Into Money
BY EMMA ONYANGO, 29 APRIL 2012
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Kampala — Whenever the issue of garbage in the city comes up, many people's immediate reaction is to point a finger at the Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA).

"They are the one's charged with keeping our city clean", many will say.

A project that was launched on November 11, 2011 to help drum up the city's residents to take it upon themselves to rid the city off garbage has taken another step and giving a business aspect to it.

Mr. Richard Kaweesa , one of the Directors of 'Kampala City Yange' (Kampala My city) told the East African Business Week in interview that garbage in the city is an opportunity for employment.

"We are directly relating the monthly city clean up project to business. We have formed strategic partnerships with recycling companies who will recycle and bring the products back into the market. That will therefore show that the garbage in the city is actually wealth", Kaweesa said.

He added that the recycling process will be actualized in a year's time but that for the time being, all efforts are geared towards selling the idea of getting individuals to take it upon themselves to clean the city.

"Because the project has picked up momentum, we have introduced the City Yange Awards that we believe will motivate people to take up the idea and this we believe will eventually lead us into having our own recycling plant by 2015", Kaweesa said.

He said that the first season awards (February 2012 - April 2012) will be held on May 26, 2012 where the winning Division will be given Ush3m ($1,300) to be used to mobilize and empower their residents for the initiative.

Kaweesa adds, "We are looking for Ush100m ($43,000) for the overall year winner on November 20, 2012. This is all work in progress."

On a similar note, the Prime Minister of the Buganda Kingdom (Central Uganda) has pledged to support the project and has urged the city's residents to take up the initiative of cleaning their areas.

He said this during the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Kingdom and the City Yange foundation at the Kingdom's premises in Kampala last week.

He said, "For those of us at an advanced age, we had the opportunity of seeing a clean Kampala.

Let's take it upon ourselves to clean our city and make it look like other cities. Let us see to it that within the next six month we have a remarkable difference." The City Yange projected is funded by telecom company Warid Telecom with the technical assistance of KCCA.
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