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Government plans to clean Kampala

POLICE AND KCCA EVICT STREET VENDORS

Law enforcement officers from Kampala Capital Cit Authority backed by police today swung into action and began the exercise to evict vendors from city streets. Many of the vendors were left speechless as they were forcefully removed from the streets in a long-standing bid by KCCA to clear the streets and restore order in the city. Last week, KCCA executive director Jennifer Musisi Semakula gave a four day ultimatum for the streets vendors to vacate which they resisted until this morning.

 

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PERSISTENT CLOCK TOWER FLOODS
The ministry of Works and Transport has blamed the continued flooding around the Clock Tower area on poor waste management and not the road design.
Yesterday, traffic was heavy and people were delayed for hours on the Kampala Entebbe highway because of the flooding.
 

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KAMPAL MAYOR LUKWAGO TOURS KCCA ALTERNATIVE MARKETS
A tour of selected city markets by Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago and his councilors today has shown that there are hardly any empty stalls in the markets. Lukwago and the councilors visited atleast five markets with a view to find possible placements for the vendors who were evicted yesterday from city streets.Executive Director of Kampala Capital City Authority Jennifer Musisi Semakula yesterday told journalists that there were over 8000 vacant stalls in markets within and near the the city where the vendors could relocate. Isabel Nakirya with that story.
 

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City streets clear of vendors
Wednesday, 7th September, 2011
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By Taddeo Bwambale, Job Bwire and Juliet Waiswa

MOST streets in Kampala are clear of vendors and hawkers who have been selling merchandise along pavements and gazetted road reserves.Along Kampala Road, Dastur Street and Jinja Road, there were no vendors, except those selling newspapers.

Several newspaper vendors have occupied the area opposite Post Office building along Jinja Road. The area was previously inhabited by traders in textbooks, novels and other scholarly textbooks sold at cheaper prices.

Street, Ben Kiwanuka Street and Shauliyako in down town Kampala which were usually crowded are clear.

Most of the streets have appeared cleaner than usual, and garbage trucks operating in the central business district kept moving about collecting rubbish.

Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) law enforcement officers and policemen are on the streets to enforce a directive to vendors to vacate the streets.

KCCA on Monday morning forcefully evicted all street vendors in an operation intended to restore trade order in the city.

Several vendors who have been operating along Allen Road next to the New Taxi Park resorted to selling their merchandise on the area bordering Nakivubo Channel.

A group of youth pleaded with police officers guarding the area to allow them to sell their merchandise along the pavements for a short time.

Along Namirembe Road, a few vendors displayed their merchandise which included second-hand shoes, handbags and simpacks, but they were dispersed.

At Nakivubo Lane, KCCA law enforcement officers battled vendors selling scholarstic items outside shops bordering the busy road.

A few youth who also attempted to sell their merchandise outside the Old taxi park were chased by the police.

Meanwhile, the Kampala Executive Director, Jennifer Semakula Musisi said the Authority would reach out to owners of city buildings where vendors operated and ask them to beautify them.

“We want all owners of buildings to maintain the pavements and keep them clean,” She said.
 

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Museveni tours Kampala at night

Museveni talks to Judith Tukahirwa, a solid waste management consultant

Nabusayi L. Wamboka

IT was a few minutes to midnight and the business flurry in the central business district of Kampala was slowly dying down. Except for a few late night operators, most shops had closed. At exactly 11:35pm, the President’s convoy drove out of his official residence at Nakasero State Lodge for one of those impromptu visits to the city and its suburbs.

There have been reports about Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) beginning to bite and that service delivery in the city is not something being taken lightly. It was a fact-finding mission for President Yoweri Museveni.

At Clock Tower on Entebbe Road, President Museveni’s convoy slowed down and headed back to the city centre through Katwe trading hub to Buxton Road, behind Shoprite supermarket, Nakasero.

Graders and other heavy road construction equipment were grinding away with a strong illuminating area providing a day-like atmosphere to allow work to go on. Men and women shoved and pulled as tractors groaned up and down the access road connecting the old taxi park to Nakasero Market that had become impassable.

“The roads are in a very bad state and there has been a public outcry. Currently each division has priority roads we are focusing on, especially those that can divert traffic and reduce jam.

"We have to work on some of these roads at night because at that time the traffic is low. During the day, access roads are very busy and we would only add to the jam,” Nassuna Mirembe, the engineer in charge of road maintenance at KCCA, told the President.

Mirembe, a civil engineer, joined Kampala City Council two years ago, now she has a job with KCCA.
KCCA replaced KCC to improve the management of the city.

From Nakasero, President Museveni headed to St. Balikuddembe Market (Owino), where yet another team of KCCA employees were busy collecting garbage. Interestingly, most of the garbage collectors were not the usual frustrated, uneducated downtown kind, but youthful graduates donning overalls and gloves and getting dirty.

“Waste is wealth. The biggest challenge we have is to change the mindset,” Judith Tukahirwa Tumusiime, a solid waste management consultant with KCCA, informed Museveni.

Tukahirwa holds a PhD in sanitation and solid waste management. She told the President waste management and disposal creates employment through collection, reuse and recycling.

“Currently we have 46 trucks for all city divisions with only 50% of these functional and the other 20% needing minor repairs. We need twice this number if we must have zero garbage in the city,” she said.

Tukahirwa reckoned that there were many young graduates who had the skills in waste management, whose talents were untapped.

“It is partly the poor pay that makes it unattractive but also mind change. Once they realise that there are a lot of things you can do with the waste, the attitude to work is different,” she said.

Like the road works, garbage collection is mainly carried out at night with each truck making three trips.

“We do two trips during the day and one at night because we are still in the pilot stage. However, we have realised that collecting garbage at night reduces on fuel expenses and disruption of business. We need to sensitise our people towards this. Currently we collect 11,000 to 16,000 tonnes of garbage per month which we deposited in Kiteezi,” she said.

Kampala city executive director Jennifer Musisi also told the President that as part of managing waste, they would introduce garbage collection bags in different colours to encourage families sort their waste before disposal.

Musisi, a former commissioner for legal and board affairs at the Uganda Revenue Authority, has ruffled some feathers at the City Hall since she assumed office. She seems determined and unstoppable in ending the rot in the administration and turn Kampala into a real capital city.

“There is a lot of idle capacity not only of machines but of human resource,” Musisi told the President as she walked besides him on his inspection tour.

“We have got some people to clean up the city at night and in the morning when the streets are free. The important thing is to cultivate a culture of proper waste disposal. We are gearing towards involving the big private companies regarding garbage dumps and also work with UTODA and bus operators to have waste baskets on their buses to stop their clients throwing trash out of the windows.”

Musisi also told him that she was planning to work on the walkways and maintain the green areas to tackle the issue of dust in the city.

President Museveni, who was listening intently and critically taking details of the work, suggested that young unemployed youth be empowered with equipment to collect litter on the streets.

He was particularly inquisitive as to how KCCA would handle the garbage that had been collected. Musisi assured him that despite the poor garbage handling by communities in Kampala, all the garbage that is collected and deposited in Kiteezi would be sorted out and KCCA was looking at the prospects of making biogas.

“Once this is successful, the gas that would be generated from the garbage landfill in Kiteezi would be used to light the city. There would be no need for Umeme,” she told Museveni.

At Kiteezi hundreds of people are busy sorting out garbage. Capital Ventures International and Bionergy a UK company is already testing out biogas and has laid the infrastructure.

As the President drove past the old taxi park, Musisi pointed out that the taxi terminals were in a deplorable state and needed to be worked on urgently. She also said the walkways were either blocked by builders or market vendeors who spill over and make it difficult for pedestrians to move.

“When it rains the potholes are filled with water and taxi passengers suffer. We need to tarmack the taxi parks properly and make them user-friendly for commuters,” she said.

Management of the city had always been a challenge under President Museveni’s administration, especially since it has always been managed by opposition politicians who spent more time politicking and letting the city slide into a dump.

This term, President Museveni is determined to ignore the politicians and put the management of the city in the hands of technocrats. And the results are beginning to show.
 

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Thursday, 8th September, 2011
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Kampala Capital City Authority on Monday evicted vendors from City streets after the Sunday deadline for them to leave expired

Kampala streets clear of vendors
Thursday, 8th September, 2011
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BY TADDEO BWAMBALE AND JULIET WAISWA


Most streets in Kampala are clear of vendors and hawkers who have been selling merchandise on pavements and gazetted road reserves.

There were no vendors on Kampala Road, Dastur Street and Jinja Road, except those selling newspapers.

Several newspaper vendors have occupied the area opposite the main Post Office on Jinja Road. The area was previously inhabited by sellers of used textbooks and novels.

Ben Kiwanuka Street and Shauri Yako in downtown Kampala, which were usually crowded, are also clear.

Most of the streets appeared cleaner than usual, and garbage trucks operating in the central business district kept moving about collecting rubbish.

Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) law enforcement officers and policemen are on the streets to get vendors off the streets.

KCCA on Monday evicted all street vendors, citing the need for order in the city.

Several vendors who have been operating on Allen Road next to the New Taxi Park have resorted to selling merchandise in the area bordering Nakivubo Channel.

A few vendors displayed their merchandise on Namirembe Road, but they were dispersed.



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Hapless vendors watch as KCCA officials raze their stalls during the eviction on Monday. KCCA yesterday resolved to create flea markets for the affected vendors to operate in. PHOTO BY ISAAC KASAMANI

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Flea markets are the way to go for evicted city street vendors, the Kampala Capital City Authority yesterday resolved. The rotational market arrangement will be provided for around the city.

At a special meeting chaired by Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago, the Authority also resolved to create evening markets in downtown Kampala, gazette permanent vendors’ markets and organise occasional bazaars as an alternative for the evictees.

“There certain inconveniences we can agree to suffer for the good of our brothers and sisters. These are fellow Ugandans, who should not be left to suffer without a solution,” Mr Lukwago, who doubles as KCCA Speaker, told councillors at City Hall yesterday.

The vendors will, however, be required to register with KCCA and acquire operation licence.

Early this week, at least 7,000 street vendors were evicted in a move authorities said was meant to restore trade order in the city. An estimated 10,000 vendors operate in the central business district. The vendors had over the years refused to vacate the streets saying they have nowhere to ply their businesses.

Mukono Municipality MP Betty Namboze, who graced the meeting in her capacity as Shadow Local Government and Kampala minister, wasconcerned that without an alternative, the eviction will breed insecurity in and around Kampala. “Don’t expect to be safe in your bungalow when your neighbour slept on an empty stomach. The rich should try to live a simple life so that the poor live simply,” Ms Namboze said.

But KCCA deputy director for physical planning George Agaba, who represented Executive Director Jenifer Musisi, said the operations to clean the city will continue. He said plans are underway to reorganise the boda boda industry and restore parking provisions.



“We are making a comprehensive study about the boda boda industry. The executive director is handling the final report and we shall embark on that soon,” Mr Agaba told journalists.

Kampala RDC Alice Muwanguzi said the eviction was the official government position that will continue regardless of criticism.

Meanwhile, police and KCCA law enforcers are still watching over the streets.
 

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KCCA proposes market days
Thursday, 8th September, 2011
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By Taddeo Bwambale and Juliet Waiswa

THE Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) is planning to designate areas within the city where vendors can sell their merchandise for a period as a short-term measure.

Once established, street vendors and hawkers will be allowed to sell along selected streets and public spaces only after 4:00pm to reduce congestion on the streets during normal working hours.

The traders will also be allowed to sell their merchandise during selected events of the calendar year, similar to a street trade culture popular in Europe and several US cities.

This is one of the proposals discussed at KCCA’s special council meeting at the Mayor’s Parlour in Kampala yesterday.

The authority has given the city planning department one week to establish areas that can be gazetted for the temporary markets. The councillors also asked the KCCA’s planning unit to soon consider the regularlising of mobile markets in various city suburbs.

During yesterday’s meeting, however, the city councillors were non-committal to an appeal by the Kampala Lord Mayor, Erias Lukwago, on plans to find temporary spaces for vendors evicted from the streets by KCCA on Monday.

Lukwago disowned the exercise, claiming he was neither involved nor informed.

“KCCA had agreed to meet the vendors yesterday to seek views and were still collecting information to formulate a policy. The eviction exercise was illegal because KCCA, which comprises the Lord Mayor and councillors, was not involved,” Lukwago said.

Lukwago argued that the Trade Order Ordinance of 2006, quoted by the Kampala executive director, Jennifer Musisi, does not outlaw vending, but provides for KCCA to license vendors by issuing permits to them.

Lukwago said he was not opposed to order when it comes to doing business in the city, but condemned the manner in which the vendors were evicted.

The councillors were divided on the eviction exercise, as some supported the exercise while others blamed KCCA for being high-handed.

The deputy director in charge of physical planning, George Agaba, said the authority had started investigating the excesses of KCCA’s officers.



Wandegeya Market vendors to relocate
Friday, 9th September, 2011
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By Taddeo Bwambale

Vendors operating inside Wandegeya Market on the outskirts of Kampala city have three weeks to vacate the Market, to pave way for the development of a modern shopping complex.

Over 500 people operate in the Market, which is largely dominated by vendors selling cooked food, retail shops and hair salons.

The vendors have up to October 3 to vacate the Market for a new one that is expected to accommodate 4,000 traders. Construction of the new Market will take two years at a cost of sh18b.

The move will affect several vendors evicted from various city streets by KCCA on Monday, who had found space in the Market.

Wandegeya Market is one of the seven Markets countrywide to be rebuilt under the Markets and Agricultural Trade Improvement Programme (MATIP-1), supported by the Government and the African Development Bank. The other Markets are in Lira, Gulu, Mbale, Jinja, Hoima, and Kabarole districts.

The new Markets will be equipped with facilities such as fire detection systems, cold rooms, banks, clinics, basement parking lots, community halls, daycare centres and electronic price/advertising boards.

The programme is intended to benefit over 15,000 people who will operate in the markets, most which were constructed in the 1950s and are in poor shape.

Under the proposed arrangement, vendors will find alternative workplaces thereafter and return after two years when the new structures are ready.

Before vacating the Markets, all registered vendors are required to sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with their respective urban councils.

Registration of vendors operating in Wandegeya Market started last week, and they are expected to have moved by October 3.

The chairperson of the vendors associations managing the Market, Hajji Mawejje Mutesasira disclosed that they were finalizing plans to acquire a nearby piece of land for a temporary market. KCCA reportedly secured sh200m for the purchase of the land.

According to Mutesasira, each of the vendors who have signed the agreements and will be issued with a sub-lease once the new complex is completed, indicating that any future sale of the area will require the consent of all the vendors.

However, some KCCA councilors on Wednesday called for a review of the process of registering the vendors, citing corruption.

The Government last week awarded five contracts to local construction firms to build the Markets at a cost of sh123b. They include Amugoli General Enterprises Ltd, Dott Services Ltd, Ambitious Construction Ltd, Vambeco Enterprises Ltd and Excel Construction Ltd.

Other 14 markets will be selected for construction and upgrading in the second phase of the MATIP project, with support from the Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa.



Kampala city Road closed
Friday, 9th September, 2011
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Workers repairing the Road. Photo by Nicholas Kajoba.
By Nicholas Kajoba

Traffic on Port bell Luzira-Bugolobi Road in Kampala city has for the last two days been on standstill following a temporary closure of the Road for repair.

The 2 kilometer tarmac Road is being repaired by Sterling Company.

Police had to divert most of the traffic on Luthuli-Mulwana Road before they turn off to Bugolobi. Drivers had to wait for coupe of hours as traffic was too slow especially in the evening.

The contactors told New Vision that the Road will be reopened early next week.
“We shall open part of the Road for use once we have finished in about three days. Meanwhile, motorists have to use other alternative routes provided,” they said.

The Road had become impassable after it developed potholes.
 

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Boda-bodas face ban in Kampala city
Monday, 12th September, 2011
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Boda-boda riders on one of Kampala streets. File photo.
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Kampala City Council Authority (KCCA) is considering a proposal to ban boda- boda (motor bikes) cyclists in Kampala city.

The central business district would be a no-go area for boda-bodas if the proposal is approved. The move is aimed at decongesting the city; reduce accidents as well as restoring order in the city.

Sources reveal that boda- boda cyclistswill not be allowed to go beyond Wandegeya, Makerere Hill Road to LDC, Gaddafi Road, Namirembe Road to Kafumbe Mukasa Road, Clock Tower, Queens’ Way to Nsambya, Mukwano Road to Kitgum traffic lights on Jinja Road, and Yusuf Lule up to Mulago round-about and back to Wandegeya.

Merely two years ago city authorities wanted to ban the boda-bodas but the Police halted the decision arguing that it was made hurriedly and without consultations.
 

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MARKET VENDORS SNUB BANYENZAKI
Debate rages on over whether vendors evicted from the city streets have adequate space in selected markets. The vendors who met with the State Minister for economic monitoring Henry Banyenzaki today denied that they had been allocated alternative space. Banyezaki who was on a fact finding tour of the city markets to ascertain whether there was enough space to accommodate the vendors ejected from the streets last week, however threw his weight behind the Kampala Capital City Authority, Executive Director Jennifer Musisi. The minister said the vendors had deliberately abandoned their stalls and relocated back to the streets in search of customers. Julius Senkandwa with more.
 

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Kampala on its way to being a clean city
Monday, 12th September, 2011
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Mary Karooro Okurut

ANYBODY familiar with the term “persistent objector” will agree that it aptly describes President Yoweri Museveni’s take on the state of Uganda’s capital city, Kampala.

For many years now, the President has relentlessly attacked the perpetual dirt and filth that had come to characterise the capital city; arguing that it simply was not kosher to have a capital city in which marabou storks and big green flies feel perfectly at home and are therefore to be found all over the place.

As marabou storks (locally known as karoli) and those huge greenflies are creatures that are usually to be found in places that are stinking filthy, the message was quite clear: something ought to be done to clean up the capital. And real quick at that. And the President wasn’t the only high profile figure to decry the state of the capital ; in which uncollected garbage piles all over the place and many people do not help matters by continually littering, making an already bad situation worse.

A few years ago when renowned American Televangelist Joyce Meyer, known for speaking her mind came to Kampala, she made a remark that was a bit too frank for many people’s liking. She described Kampala as dirty and disorganised; unworthy of a second visit and declared that unless it was improved, she would not be back for another visit.

Maybe the biggest problem has been possibly two-fold: lack of strong, strategic and accountable leadership in the city, coupled with a nonchalant society that has come to accept the status quo, unwilling to challenge the trend and happy to go along with matters.

It is arguably the President’s persistent objection that culminated into the Constitutional Amendment Act 2005 which stipulated that Kampala would henceforth be administered by the Central Government. This was followed by the Kampala City Authority Act which operationalised the amendment. The city is now managed by an executive director appointed by the President and to be fair, whose coming has brought with it plenty of change.

For all intents and purposes, it would be quite apt for a huge banner or billboard to be put up at every entrance to the city to proclaim that Kampala is now “under new management”.

Slowly but surely, the dirt is decreasing; the uncollected garbage is less and less and so is the indiscriminate and disorganised positioning of vendors all over the streets. The entire mess made Kampala a huge risk in terms of sheer health, but also cut its streets out as highly risky for anyone, especially the pedestrians and those on motorbikes – particularly the boda bodas –because the congestion has been so severe that safety was always in doubt with thousands of cars, motorbikes, bicycles, carts and pedestrians all crammed on both street and sidewalk.

The situation exacerbated by vendors who narrow the streets by cramming the sidewalks.

The result of the mess is well documented: regular outbreaks of cholera, food poisoning, high casualty rates of those who move on boda bodass, many of them losing life and limb. Security itself has been a challenge, with many thieves and robbers taking advantage of the mess to relieve people of their property. It has never been easy to police the city in such a situation. Fire outbreaks have always been regular and costly. Environmental degradation has been untold; with pollution very high— the Nakivubo Channel, the city’s biggest outflow of water from surface run-off, clogged with all manner of garbage.

In short, the city has been hell for the law-abiding and a perfect haven for those who love mayhem and pandemonium and are comfortable living on the side of the law. With the city “now under new management”, firm decisions are now being taken; decisions that are calculated to restore order to the city so that progress is not sacrificed at the altar of populism. Vendors who had previously been on the sidewalk of every street (and in many cases right in the middle of certain streets) have been relocated to gazetted market areas. If no place had been got for them, that would have been totally inhuman because they are also out to take an honest living.

Apart from ensuring order in the city; this is an excellent step to minimise unfair competition in which those who pay expensively to rent shops are shortchanged by vendors who park on street and sidewalk and lap up customers who would be purchasing from shops. I suspect that suggestions to have flea markets — once a week or sobazaars in which, for example, an entire street can be cordoned off and turned into a market for a few hours—will be listened to: after all even cities like New York have them.

All this ties in well with the Anti-litter Bill, a proposed law to maintain a clean environment by criminalising indiscriminate dumping of rubbish and establishing regulations and guidelines for the orderly disposal of the same. The Bill started as a Private Members Bill in the 8th Parliament, but Government is now taking it up and it will soon be presented to Cabinet, before its onward journey to Parliament for debate and enactment.

The Bill in which yours truly has had a hand will not be for the city alone; but across the country, and it is expected that it will help reverse a tradition of indiscriminate disposal of garbage where you find even those in posh cars who you expect have a possibly higher standard of civilised conduct, casually tossing used beer or soda cans, or banana peels through the window as they speed along!

By all indications, all this is just the beginning of a transition towards a cleaner city and country and a population which is environmentally conscious and friendly.


KCCA told to upgrade markets
Tuesday, 13th September, 2011
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Kivumbi and Muyinda talking to journalists at Kamwokya Market
By Samuel Balagadde


Vendors operating in markets around the city have complained of the poor state of the facilities. This was after Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) directed street vendors to take up stalls in markets following their eviction from the streets. Recently, KCCA officials observed that about 50% of market stalls were empty.

Aidah Kivumbi, the KCCA commercial officer, said plans were underway to upgrade the markets to meet the minimum standards.

“Street vendors can take advantage of the vacant market stalls,” Kivumbi said.

Touring Kamwokya Market, KCCA spokesperson Peter Kauju observed that the vacant stalls in the market could accommodate over 4,000 vendors.

Anasi Muyinda, the Kamwokya Market administrator, said evicting vendors from the streets was a good move, adding that market vendors were not getting buyers because of the street vendors.

“What is left is to upgrade the markets. The existing stalls can be subdivided to accommodate more people,” he said.

Government last week said vendors and hawkers who fail to vacate the streets would be dealt with according to the law.
 

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KCCA plans to ban boda bodas from city
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Boda boda cyclists in the city face an uncertain future. PHOTOS BY STEPHEN OTAGE.

By Andrew Bagala & Robert Mwanje (email the author)
Posted Tuesday, September 13 2011 at 00:00
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First they came for the vendors and the city streets got a little less congested. Next, officials at Kampala Capital City Authority say, are boda boda motorcyclists who have been put on notice to vacate the Central Business District as part of the efforts to bring order to city streets. A similar attempt to keep the reckless-yet-convenient boda boda riders out of the city was derailed by political meddling “from above”. Will the riders go or weave their way out of the net again?

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ROAD ACCIDENT VICTIMS 2010
Road usersNumberPercentage
Pedestrians 1,217 41.2
Passengers 799 27.1
Motor cyclists 512 17.3
Pedal cyclists 298 10.1
Drivers 128 4.3

Persons Seriously Injured
Pedestrians 3,908 27.6
Passengers 5,568 39.4
Pedal cyclists 1,127 7.9
Motor cyclists 2,642 18.7
Drivers 903 6.4
Persons with Minor Injuries
Pedestrians 347 20.3
Passengers 740 43.4
Pedal cyclists 209 12.3
Motorcyclists 237 13.9
Drivers 173 10.1

Source: Uganda Police Force

Efforts to get boda boda cyclists out of the Central Business District have been renewed by the Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA), three years since the move was blocked by President Museveni. Although KCCA authorities say they haven’t reached an official position, they are already mobilising boda boda cyclists for a general meeting expected by the end of this week to convey the “bad news”.

KCCA deputy director for physical planning George Agaba confirmed yesterday in an interview that the authority has agreed on principle to draw a plan to tackle the boda boda industry “very soon.” “We are planning to hold a meeting with boda boda cyclists very soon to agree on the next steps. For now, we have not made a final decision about the industry, but several concerns will be addressed under the new arrangement,” Mr Agaba said.

A stakeholders meeting will also soon be convened to forge the way forward, Mr Agaba added. But the meeting, which will involve police, Office of the President, Resident Capital Commissioner and KCCA, is expected to rubber-stamp their earlier position to ban boda-bodas in the city.

There are 145,000 boda boda cyclists in Kampala District, but they are not regulated and do not pay any direct levies to KCCA, yet they are accused of causing traffic mess and accidents. Another official in the KCCA executive director’s office, Mr Peter Kaujju, said they have received numerous proposals from the private sector to ban boda bodas. “We are still reviewing them,” Mr Kaujju added in a telephone interview.

In the arrangement, the cyclists are banned from passing through or park in the carved off area whose boundaries start from Wandegeya traffic lights, through Hajji Kasule Road, Makerere Hill Road to Nakulabye Trading Centre among other areas.



This issue has been has been sticky since 2007, when government and KCC officials took a decision to ban them, but President Museveni and the Inspector General of Police, Maj. Gen. Kale Kayihura blocked them. The President blocked the move, claiming that the industry was a source of income for the unemployed youth.

Boda boda cyclists have managed to stay in the city without paying levies or getting thrown out of the central business district because they have over the years emerged as a critical campaign tool during elections. Kampala Central Division Mayor, Godfrey Nyakana, said other issues to be addressed include issuing identification cards and introduction of divisional number plates for easy identification and riders’ numbers.

Wasswa William, Bodaboda, Nasser Rd
“All they need to do is to put the business in order. Sometimes you get downtown and the boda boda stage is competing with pedestrians for space. Some of us have spent over 10 years in this business and we know what it means chasing us away. Will there be alternative jobs for us?”

Kakulu Sulait, Boda-boda, Railway station
“The business feeds several people because those who have stayed in this trade know that it feeds banks, the Nabugabo dealers in spare parts and the importers of the bikes pay a lot of revenue to government. So sending us away will mean that several people will be hungry.”

Okello Allan,Sales representative
“It will be a little bit inconveniencing for some of us because right now, I have had to park my car somewhere because of the traffic jam in town. It may not be a wise idea because as a means of transport, it is not confined to specific type of passengers.”

Paul Shagga, Businessman
“It will hurt many people but for the good of the city, it is the right decision. Compare Kampala to Kigali and Nairobi, these cities are decongested. It will displace people and reduce accidents. It has been handy for the business community because it helps one beat deadlines.”

Becky Nadamba Voluntary worker
“It is a good idea. Bodabodas cause a lot of accidents unnecessarily. Only those coming to town should be trained and issued licences while those without should not be allowed into the city because they snatch people’s property and ride recklessly.”

Juliet Boona Receptionist
“Yes, the city will be neat but there will be problems in its outskirts. People will be forced to go back to the village. This will increase poverty in families because the bread winners will be rendered idle. Government should consider increasing security of the people and their income.”
 

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KAMPALA DECONGESTION PLAN:
The Ministry of Works and Transport has developed a plan to reduce the incessant traffic gridlock in Kampala city. Works proposes that the movement of trucks and fuel tankers with a capacity of 3.5 tonnes and above be banned from the city centre between 5am and 10pm. The plan known as the Kampala Urban Traffic Improvement Plan was designed by technocrats from various ministries and government agencies with a view of setting short term measures to ease the flow of traffic in the city. But as Chris Ocamringa reports, the draft plan await approval by cabinet before it is enforced.
 

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VENDORS DISCUSS ALTERNATIVES : HUNGER STRIKE
Kampala vendors are on the warpath with the government claiming that it is taking them for granted. The vendors have given the government a 7 day ultimatum to respond to their grievances, failure to which they will embark on a hunger strike.
 

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Ministry wants trucks banned in city
Thursday, 15th September, 2011
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Heavy trucks loading goods on Nabugabo Road in Kampala yesterday
By Samuel Balagadde


HEAVY trucks with a cargo capacity of more than 3.5 tonnes are to be banned from the city centre if the Cabinet approves a proposal by the works and transport ministry.

According to the proposal, it will be illegal for the trucks to access or park in the central business district between 5:00am and 10:00pm.

The ministry also intends to ban street parking of vehicles, motorcycles, tricycles and bicycles on selected roads and streets in the city.

The streets include Ben Kiwanuka and Burton, while the roads are Allen, Namirembe, Entebbe, Speke and Lower Colville.

Other roads are Nile Avenue, Kampala-Jinja Parliamentary Avenue and around the Constitutional Square.

Motorists will, however, be allowed to pick and drop passengers on the roads, but not to park there.

This was disclosed by transport state minister Stephen Chebrot at a special meeting with stakeholders in urban public transport.

The meeting was at the ministry boardroom on Port Bell Road on Tuesday.

He said the ministry would present the proposal to the Cabinet for approval.

Last year, the Uganda Revenue Authority issued a directive banning heavy trucks to Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan, Rwanda, Burundi and Tanzania from going through the city centre.

The move was intended to reduce traffic congestion in the city and minimise the dumping of transit goods on the local market.

According to the directive, all transit cargo trucks were to be diverted to the Northern By-Pass at Namboole stadium. The Kampala Northern By-Pass is a 21km road skirting the city from Bweyogerere to Busega.
 

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KAMPALA DRAINAGE CHALLENGES
Officials of Kampala Capital City Authority say they have embarked on a massive exercise of de-silting all the city's eight drainage channels as an immediate measure to improve the city's flooding problem.The authorities add that they are also working with government to implement a grand plan known as the Kampala Drainage Master Plan that would see new drainage channels constructed around the city and the existing ones enlarged.
 

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KCCA begins illegal structure demolition in the city.
Saturday, 1st October, 2011
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A KCCA bulldozer bringing down one of the buildings.

KAMPALA Capital City Authority (KCCA) in the wee hours of the Saturday started demolition of illegal staircases in city that do not have plans to operate in Kampala and are blocking pedestrians.

The exercise that started this morning by KCCA officials was made known to the owners of the buildings through a month’s notice, one that they never complied to.

On Saturday morning owners of the businesses located on the staircases shed tears while others lamented that they were not warned.

About eight buildings which included among others Nabukeera Plaza, Quicell, Premier Arcade, Leisure Tech Hotel and other commercial structures on Nakivubo road and had their staircases razed down.

Other buildings that may face demolition of their staircases are Jesco, Skyline shoppers on Nabugabo road among others.

These buildings have illegal staircases that were blocking pedestrians.

The demolished structures and premises are those that were constructed without KCCA plan and those that have failed to pay business permit.

George Agaba director of physical planning KCCA said the exercise will register demolition of kiosks, Toilets Shops and other illegal structures in and around the city.

Some of the owners of the buildings say that they have approved plans that were used to construct.

Agaba insists that the owners of the buildings were given prior time to register their businesses or present evidence of payment business fees and their construction plans as approved by KCCA.

However, some of the owners of the buildings say that it was a short notice.

This exercise is to continue into parts of the central business district and its suburbs with the demolition of structures that weren’t approved by KCCA and this comes at a time to make the city have the standards that match the international standards.

Last week the KCCA executive director Jennifer Musisi issued enforcement notices to property owners.
 
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