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Naguru General Hospital progress
The construction of the Naguru General Hospital is complete and ready for commissioning next month though the hospital will start to be fully operational at the start of next year. All the necessary equipment needed for the running of the hospital including CT scans, ultra-sound, x-ray and kidney treatment facilities have been installed.
 

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Kampala metropolitan future uncertain
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Proposed metropolitan administration EXTENSION Kira Town Council, Kajjansi, Sseguku, Lubowa, Makindye Sabagaabo Sub-county Gayaza and Kawanda on Bombo Road. SOURCE: kampala physical development plan

By AL-MAHDI SSENKABIRWA & ROBERT MWANJE (email the author)
Posted Friday, November 11 2011 at 00:00
The future of a Metropolitan Authority (MA) earlier envisaged under the plan to expand the boundaries of Kampala city to include Mukono, Wakiso and Mpigi districts seems to be headed for a dead end, barely six months after Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) came into force.

The idea of creating a metropolitan authority was developed on the belief that it would help enforce planning and bring about orderly settlement and development in rapidly growing urban areas around Kampala.

Government hatched the idea two years ago to carve in parts of the three districts and annex to Kampala as a unitary governance entity.

However, it is only under the Police Force structure where this plan has fully been implemented with a police administration already in place.

Although the territorial boundaries of Kampala under the new KCCA Act 2010 appear to remain intact, the same law creates a Metropolitan Physical Planning Authority (MPPA), parallel to the KCCA to handle planning issues in the area.

The gap impairs any efforts to expedite the expansion of the authority’s planning area and governance structure.

No system
The KCCA Act, 2011, became operational in March, however, members of MPPA have not yet been appointed by the minister in-charge of Kampala, Ms Kabakumba Masiko –something that has seen unplanned settlements spring up in many areas within Kampala metropolis.

KCCA director for physical planning George Agaba blames it on the delay to have the five members of MPPA in place.

“We have to go that far but the minister has not yet established the planning authority. Once that is done, we shall be able to extend our services to all such areas ,” Mr Agaba said on Wednesday.

According to Mr Agaba, at least 3,000 illegal structures were recently identified in Kampala city alone although many have been pulled down in the ongoing crackdown on illegal buildings. However, the law is silent on governance in areas under the metropolitan region, which is currently administered under the local government system and leaves room for varied interpretations.

Kawempe Councillor Sulaiman Kidandala, said while the idea to have a central planning body is good, it would overstretch the team at City Hall and eventually become inefficient.

“We need to decentralise their administrative units for effectiveness because I don’t expect someone from Mukono or Mpigi to come here for a building plan approval,” Mr Kidandala said.

Efforts to speak to Ms Kabakumba were futile as she could not answer our calls. Initially, government wanted Kampala to take full control of parts of the three districts by creating eight new town councils.

Distribution of towns
According to the first government plan, Kira Town Council to the east of Wakiso, was to be added to Kampala. To the south-east, areas of Kajjansi, Sseguku, Lubowa, which are part of Wakiso, were also going to be added to the city as well as Makindye Sabagaabo Sub-county in Wakiso District.

The city was also planned to expand to Gayaza and Kawanda on Bombo Road.

Rubaga Division was to be changed into Mengo Municipality in order to cater for the various Buganda cultural sites in this area.

This could include the areas around Lubiri, Bulange, Kabaka’s Lake, the northern side of Masaka Road. Wankulukuku, Kasubi and the southern side of Hoima Road up to Bakuli areas were to be pushed out of Kampala into Wakiso, largely to cater for Buganda’s cultural sites.

However, the plan was sharply opposed by Mengo and opposition Buganda leaning politicians, saying taking part of the Buganda’s well recognised areas will further weaken the Kingdom that has already lost her territories to Bunyoro and emerging chiefdoms like Buruli and Bunyala.

Unlawful
Prior to the enactment of the KCCA Act, former premier Prof. Apolo Nsibambi warned that expanding Kampala city beyond its current boundaries could contravene Article 178(3) of the Constitution, which determines the boundaries of the constitutional Buganda region.

According to Article 5 of the Constitution, the city, though located in Buganda, belongs to Ugandans. It is not counted among the districts of Buganda.

It is such legal dilemmas that even serve to shade more clouds on the possibility of translating the plan of expanding Kampala into a reality.

Mengo spokesperson Charles Peter Mayiga said the plan to expand Kampala boundaries failed and is bound to fail if resurrected, adding that the Kingdom was not consulted as a key stakeholder.

Section 21(2) empowers the minister to appoint five experts in physical planning, civil engineering, architecture, environment, public health or survey to manage MPPA.

However, as it stands now, it is still business as usual and the spate of illegal structure and settlement continues to swell, making worse the disorder now apparent in and round Uganda’s capital city.

Function of MPPA:
•Develop physical development plan for the metropolitan area
• Handle planning issues within Kampala and neighbouring districts of Mukono, Mpigi and Wakiso.
•Plan major transportation, infrastructure and other utilities in conjunction with other relevant bodies.
•Plan recreation parks, tree planting, green corridors and other environment areas
•Oversee and monitor the execution of the Metropolitan Authority Development plan.
•Approve the city, municipal and town structure plans
•Veto physical plans or activities, the metropolitan structural plan or land use policy
•Ensure land use follow designated plans, irrespective of the tenure of land.
 

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Kampala cleanup campaign launched
Authorities in Kampala city have launched a campaign dubbed 'Kampala city Yange' to encourage city dwellers to keep their environment a better place to live in. They want to create a sense of ownership of the city by encouraging the public to actively participate in taking care of their living environment that will make Kampala a great city.
 

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Littering laws to be enforced – Kabakumba
Publish Date: Nov 12, 2011

(L-R) Army spokesman Felix Kulaigye,KCCA boss Jennifer Musisi and Minister for Kampala Kabakumba M
By Juliet Waiswa

KAMPALA Capital City Authority (KCCA) will not hesitate to arrest anybody found littering in the city, Kampala Minister, Kabakumba Masiko has said.

Masiko said that on several occasions the public has blamed KCCA and government for the mess in the city yet it is everybody’s responsibility to keep their surroundings clean.

“As a ministry, if a law is amended to have a clean city we shall move along with KCCA. There are laws in place and we shall implement them."

"We need to transform Kampala into a modern city, which we can be proud of and this must start with us,” Kabakumba said.

Kabakumba made the remarks at the launch of the ‘Kampala City Yange’ campaign at the KCCA grounds on Friday. She said that Ugandans should move away from the habit of admiring other cities and appreciate Kampala by being part of the campaign to make it clean.

Kabakumba Masiko and Jennifer Musisi ready to release pigeons at the launch

The launch was done at 11am as a symbol of the 11/11/2011 historical date.

“Today we have launched the campaign in the city and we plan to move to other divisions to clear the drainage systems and garbage collection points,” she explained.

The executive director of KCCA, Jennifer Musisi warned all artistes, preachers, entertainers and musicians who place posters in the city that they are committing an offence, adding that KCCA enforcement officers will not hesitate to arrest anybody putting up posters within the city.

“We shall get the people putting up your posters and thereafter trace you as well. In fact, we have arrested some people and sent them to prison. There are laws in place prohibiting littering in the city and we are just enforcing these laws,” Musisi said.

She said that anybody who wants to advertise in the city needs to put up banners with consent from KCCA.

Musisi told owners of buildings to paint them regularly and urged the public to develop a culture of keeping their operational areas clean so as to maintain the city's cleanliness.

She called on the public to report car owners who litter the city during traffic.

Felix Kulaigye sign the Kampala City Yange great Wall during the launch

Army spokesman Lt. Col. Felix Kulayige said that this is an initiative that should go on.

“We have all loved to have a clean city and this is our best opportunity .Kampala is for everybody and not for the Lord Mayor or its executive director,” Kulayige said.

The 'Kampala City Nyange' drive is a private initiative that was started to promote a sense of ownership of the city by the city community.
 

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Kampala development plan ready
SUNDAY, 20 NOVEMBER 2011 12:37 PAUL TENTENA
KAMPALA, UGANDA - A master plan that is expected to revamp Kampala City has been developed and it's ready for implementation by the end of 2012.A master plan is a blue print for the future. It's a comprehensive document that is intended to guide development in a city or township for the next 10 or so years to come.

According to Mr. George Agaba, the Kampala Capital City Authority director physical planning, the master plan includes demarcating and widening bus terminals, zero tolerance to illegal development of buildings, beautification and ensuring a clean city, construction of flyovers for highway travelers as well as mapping and surveying the construction of new markets within the city.

The plan also tackles total reconstruction and widening of roads, gazzettement of road reserves, street lighting, Kampala youth employment, garbage collection, street children and beggars, restricting congestion of traffic and human, removing or finding alternative parking space for cars off the streets and implementation of a clear transport system.

The master plan will handle poor drainage that leads to flooding through widening of all drainage channels, littering of the environment through programmes like "Kampala City Yange" where massive city cleaning days would be scheduled as wells as other city problems that were neglected by the former regime.

"Kampala physical master plan will be ready by the end of next year. It tries to ensure zoning of the city. It demarcates commercial, residential and industrial areas within the city," said Agaba during a press conference in Kampala.

The development of the Kampala master plan has followed that of Nairobi, Dar es Salaam and Kigali, where the three EAC partner states developed their development master plans a few years back.

Kampala Capital City Authority executive director Ms. Jennifer Musisi also addressed the press conference to review the six months she has been in charge of Kampala.She said, for the six months she has been in charge, KCCA has registered a 75% reduction in fuel expenditure amounting to over Ush150million per week.

"Between April and May 2011, Ush200million was spent on fuel per week. Most of this was abused or sold off by staff.

"Two engineers were arrested and charged in connection with this. Essential controls and processes to address this problem have been put in place," noted Musisi.

The authority embarked on a project to replace street-lights, of which 2180 solar vapour lights have been acquired to replace the existing and inefficient wind powered lamps, and replacing bulbs and fittings on wooden electric poles.

To ensure a clean city, the authority also instituted a ban on all illegal and unauthorized posters and banners erected in the city.Musisi stressed that waste collection and disposal efforts have improved by 37.5% since April 2011, of which 27,498 tonnes of waste is collected by the authority compared to 20,000 tonnes in April 2011.
 

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Govt seeks sh45b for road rehabilitation
Publish Date: Nov 24, 2011

KCCA caterpillar grading Allan road between the new taxi park and the Buganda bus park
By Petride Mudoola


The Government is seeking for over sh45b towards the rehabilitation of road infrastructure that have been damaged by heavy rains, Julius Onen the Assistant Commissioner in charge of district and community access roads in the Ministry of Works and Transport has said.

He explained that sh5b is required for mitigation of National roads, sh1.5b for maintenance of district, urban and rural roads and sh15b is required for intervention on national roads. Another sh19.18b is required for materials like culverts, gabions and bridges, he added.

Onen observed that: “whenever the rains last longer periods, many Government programs are severely disrupted; the road network is particularly affected.”

Allan Road before rehabilitation by KCCA

In an interview, Onen told New Vision that the country has experienced serious damages to its transport infrastructure due to abnormal rains that have caused land slides and floods hence washing away road structures rendering the road inaccessible to traffic Onen noted.

“Community and Urban roads network countrywide have been cut off. Agricultural produce rot in the rural areas causing losses and famine,” he observed.

Onen noted that, the heavy rains have also disrupted the development of on going road construction.
“Currently, we don’t have the money to curb the effects of floods and rains. We may be forced to divert the money meant for road maintenance to address the problem or seek assistance from donors,” said Eng Onen.


KCCA commissions sh2b street light project
Publish Date: Nov 24, 2011

KCCA Executive Director Jennifer Musisi displays one of the new street lights to be installed in Kampala.
By Juliet Waiswa


Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) on Wednesday commissioned the street lighting project ahead of the festive season.

While commissioning the street lights, KCCA executive director, Jennifer Musisi said the project is funded under the Ministry of Energy, and is intended to cover the Central Business District (CDB).

The lights are electrical with a low power consuming capacity which KCCA will be able to facility. The project is estimated to cost sh2bn.

This is the second phase of lighting which KCCA has received. The 2,180 street lights will be installed in the CDB and will running from Kampala road to various other parts.

“We have received a consignment of over 2,000 street lights which we are going to put in the city and its suburbs and by Christmas time the whole city will be lit,” she said.

Musisi said the exercise had already started with Sembule International Limited implementing repairs and fittings for all lights along State Houses Lodge, Nakasero road, Nehru Avenue.
Others installation has taken place are Baker road, State road, princess avenue, Kyaggwe, Ternan, Lumumba, Wilson, Johnson and William street in the Central Business District and will roll out to other Urban centers.

She told the gathering that they should resist from purchasing any lights from KCCA which have been installed adding that anybody found in possession of KCCA property will be arrested.

“These lights are everybody’s responsibility and I ask you to be on the look out if you see anybody selling them not hesitate to call us, or even report to the police,” she said.

Uganda Government News: KCCA Earmarks Two Billion For Drainage
First published: 20111123 5:03:53 AM EST


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Kampala Capital City Authority has earmarked 2 billion shillings to work on the drainage system in the city.

Speaking to journalists today, the Kampala Capital City Authority road engineer, Andrew Kaggwa said that most work will be done on Nakivubo channel and other small channels pouring into Nakivubo Channel.

Eng. Kaggwa said that the work is likely to take two years but asks the town dwellers to remain patient as the city authority solves the problem.

He says that so far the works on Nakivubo channel which is the main drainage carriage has started.

Eng. Kaggwa notes that the works will involve widening the channels and putting cobblestones among others.


 

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RVR moves to get back on rail with new plan


The over 100 year old railway line has suffered under neglect, however, efforts are under way to revamp the region’s most affordable form of transport. PHOTO BY EDGAR R. BATTE


Posted Saturday, November 26 2011 at 00:00
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The reality of Uganda starting to exploit oil resources has added to the agency of the railway revival plan.

The man with a walkie-talkie squeezes himself through the narrow aisle in coach number 1,207 of the passenger train that is swaying its way to Mombasa.
After introducing himself as the “Train Manager” he points in the direction of the train and informs the passengers that there is an interruption of the journey ahead.



A diversion is not possible as the ride to coastal city takes place on a single track.
That leaves the passengers with two options: They could get off at the next station and take a taxi or simply stay aboard the train and wait for the rail line to be fixed.

Most of the passengers who boarded the train in Nairobi 15 hours ago and just wanted to be in Mombasa, choose option one: 65kilometres to the coastline or an hour’s drive.
For Tobias Heinemann, the German manager who has worked at the Rift Valley Railways (RVR) for nearly one year, those kinds of incidents have become routine.

Mr Heinemann, who has previously worked as the chief of the commuter rail system S-Bahn in Germany’s capital Berlin, before he was forced out of office in 2009 is not new to railway operations.

His job at RVR is to help modernise the business and to attract new customers for the 100 year old line that was built by the British colonialists at the beginning of the 20th century.

The ‘Jambo Kenya Deluxe Express,” that transports hundreds of tourists from Nairobi to Mombasa is not much more than a hobby for RVR. The company makes most of its revenue from freight. The route to Mombasa is, however, the same: a single track that is not particularly well maintained.

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That is about to change, independently of Mr Heinemann’s job, with German support. KfW, a development bank and the German Development Company (DEG), have both signed up as part of an international consortium of financiers that have committed to offering the rail firm billions of shillings for its revival plan.

The railway line, which covers 1,400 kilometres from the coast to the shores of Lake Victoria near the border with Uganda is legendary. When the British built it in 1901, it was originally meant to help access Uganda at the headwaters of the Nile.

‘Lunatic line’
But later on the line was used to transport loads of tea and coffee from Kenya’s fertile highlands to Mombasa for export. “Lunatic Line”, British newspapers named it, since its construction cost many people their lives and over the years proved more expensive and less profitable than expected.

Decline of the track began in the late 70s, when the original East African integration effort collapsed. Even the gauge of only one meter is no longer used around the world. The relics of its better times can now only be accessed in the workshops of RVR in Nairobi.

In the workshops are locomotives that are rusty and close to scrap - the newest were built in 1978 but cannot be repaired because their manufacturers don’t exist anymore.
RVR has approximately 160 locomotives but only one in four is in working condition. In addition more than 1,000 wagons wait to be renovated.

“The predecessor of RVR never had money for spare parts,” explains Mr Heinemann, adding that he is not surprised by the disastrous state of the fleet. ‘We have achieved first success without investing a cent”, he says. Better management has seen the cargo volumes increase by 11 per cent in the last eight months and the company’s monthly revenue now stands at almost three times the level one year ago, he reckons.
Part of the success has come from the fact that RVR has for the first time ever introduced travel plans.

Before that, the trains started their journeys subject to availability of goods or sufficient wagons. Now there are fixed times and among other things, the commitment of RVR that customers get their containers out of the Mombasa port within a couple of days if they clear the customs formalities.

The train is much cheaper than the transport by truck, says Mr Heinemann, and the cargo is also better protected against theft. In order to keep its promises, RVR has had to raise money. The firm plans to invest $300 million in the operation in the next five years.

Much of the money is to come from international lenders such as the German KfW, the DEG and not least from RVRs own resources. “The task in the first year of our operation has been to talk to potential partners and to plan the reconstruction of the railway line to win back lost customers,” says Mr Heinemann.

The first tranche of the promised funds are supposed to arrive in the accounts of RVR in the next couple of months. Mr Heinemann says RVR will initially use the money to pay for 70 kilometres of new tracks it has ordered from China. For the time being, RVR will stick to the one-meter gauge because everything else would be too expensive.
“We believe modernisation of the railway line is of great importance to East Africa,” says William Icke, the head of DEG’s regional office in Nairobi and now one of the RVR owners.



The reality of Uganda starting to exploit its oil resources has added a sense of agency in the railway revival
 

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Uganda Business News: KCCA Offer Free Sewage Emptying Services
First published: 20111223 3:21:29 AM EST


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Landlords have been asked to stop disposing sewage into the drainage systems.

Addressing journalists in Kampala, the Kampala Capital City Authority Director of Health Services Dr. Livingston Makanga said that disposing of sewage in drainage systems increases chances of cholera outbreak in affected communities.

Dr. Makanga says that KCCA drains the septic tanks of homes at no cost to the landlord or tenants. He is appealing to people to be going to KCCA offices asking for the service instead of discharging sewage in drainage systems.

Dr. Makanga says that the only requirement to have someone’s toilet emptied is to get a recommendation from the local council leaders.

He has asked all people to be constructing modern toilets to allow the Cesspool to drain them.
 

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KCCA allocates Shs8 billion to rebuild, desilt Nakivubo channel

By Robert Mwanje (email the author)

Posted Friday, December 23 2011 at 00:00
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The deals. Omega Construction and Prime Contractors will handle the major works while Bison (U) Ltd will help with routine maintenance.

Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) has allocated at least Shs7.8 billion towards the rehabilitation of Nakivubo drainage channel, the executive director announced yesterday.



Addressing a press conference, Ms Jennifer Musisi said the authority has identified three competitive companies to rehabilitate, widen the drainage black spots and de-silt the nine-kilometre long channel.

“Our intention here is to avoid excessive flooding as it has been in the past rainy season. Each contractor has been assigned a duty including fencing of the channel and widening drainage junctions where storm water normally floods,” Ms Musisi said.

She said KCCA has contracted Omega Construction and Prime contractors to handle the major rehabilitation at Shs5.5 billion while Bison (U) Ltd will help with routine maintenance at Shs2.3 billion.

The contracts will be signed next week and work will commence next month.

According to KCCA, Nakivubo Channel Rehabilitation Project, which includes deepening and widening parts of the main storm water drainage channel will help to accommodate enough storm flow.

The head of KCCA engineers, Mr Andrew Kitaka, said to minimise flooding during channel construction, the contract documents will include restrictions on construction during the rainy season and the use of diversionary works.

The water flow has tremendously reduced due to constant garbage dumping into the channel.

Unfortunately, Bugolobi wetland in Makindye Division is part of the large water catchment area that filters Nakivubo channel to connect Lake Victoria at Luzira but has been sold off irregularly.

The Nakivubo channel cuts right across the city and empties into a level terminal wetland.

The project, for the reconstruction of the channel, was carried out amid protests from environmentalists.
They complained that it would instead lead to the pollution of Lake Victoria.

They reasoned that the channel would transport waste straight into the lake.

CHANNEL TIT-BITS

The Nakivubo Channel is a major open drainage channel that runs through the centre of Kampala, in a general north-south direction.

The channel, with an overall length of about 9km, drains approximately 95 per cent of the water from the developed central area of the city into the swamps at the entrance to Lake Victoria.

Specifics: The channel is trapezoidal in cross section and its widest point has a bottom width of 4 metres, with a maximum depth of 3 metres. The auxiliary drains are close to the Nakivubo Channel or its tributaries.


Financing: The project was financed by a $22.38m equivalent credit from the International Development Association, the World Bank’s lending arm for the poorest countries., in 1999.

The then KCC co-financed the project with $2.54m.
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Pioneer Easy buses to offer 24-hour service
Publish Date: Dec 28, 2011

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By John Semakula


Pioneer Easy Bus, the company behind the city bus project that has several times failed to beat their own deadlines of entering the transport industry has released the conditions under which it expects to “operate” next month.

According to the conditions, the buses will operate 24 hours and that to ensure that the passengers are safe; “each bus will be manned by three drivers and turn-boys working in shifts of eight hours.

Pioneer Easy Bus had promised to roll out its services on city roads mid this year but delayed due to unclear reasons. The company has since set January as the deadline for joining the transport business.

Herbert Mucunguzi, the company’s marketing manager, told New Vision on Wednesday that the buses will also have special security cameras mounted on them to monitor passengers for security reasons.

The company is importing the buses in phases and the first batch of 100 buses is reportedly on its way from China where they have been assembled. The buses are expected to be in the country early January.

The cameras, Mucunguzi said, will detect people who impersonate passengers and board the buses only to end up stealing other passengers’ property.

“The thieves will be arrested even after they have disembarked from the buses,” Mucunguzi said.

The buses will also have special sections for different groups of people including the disabled, Mucunguzi said, adding that the intention is to make the buses more user friendly to all groups of people.

“We shall have different classes of people sitting in different sections. We want everyone to feel comfortable because our plan is to make people leave their cars at home and use the buses,” he said.

A person may also not have to move with transport fees all the time because the passengers will be expected to use smart cards which they will swipe on the door ways while embarking.

Mucunguzi said that the company will issue out smart cards which passengers will use for a day, week, month or year. Companies may also buy the cards for their employees.

With the increasing number of road accidents in the country, Mucunguzi said that the buses have been made in the way that their engines are at the back to reduce their power while running.

The company also plans to construct bus terminals outside Kampala at the end of their first year of operation which will be the stopping points for vehicles from upcountry.

Many developed countries today use bus services because they help in reducing the traffic jams and are cheap to use compared the matatu and taxis but Uganda has taken long to go on board.
 

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KCCA starts repairs on city roads
Publish Date: Dec 29, 2011

KCCA carrying out road repairs within the city. PHOTO: Mark Owor
By Taddeo Bwambale

The Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) has embarked on repairs of several city roads in the central business district, which have been in dire state.

Ntinda-Kiwatule Road on the outskirts of the city is undergoing major repairs in which the entire base has been removed. The road will be fitted with a stronger layer of tarmac. The drainage channel along the busy road has been opened up to remove debris.

Other roads undergoing similar repairs include Buxton Road behind Shoprite; Allen Road located between the New Taxi Park and Qualicel Bus Terminal, as well as Channel Street near Mukwano Arcade.

The repairs carried out under KCCA’s emergency pothole repair programme involve replacing the base layers of road with stronger materials. The works are estimated to cost sh3.8b.

KCCA’s engineer in charge of road maintenance, Mirembe Nnassuuna said the repairs on the roads were expected to be complete by the end of January.

She said although the works were supposed to involve resealing potholes, most of the city roads are so dilapidated that patching them would be a wastage of resources.

She disclosed that KCCA was in the process of procuring a mix of asphalt used to lay tarmac on the selected roads. Unlike the traditional system of hiring contractors to work on the roads, .KCCA is using its own equipment, workers and resources to carry out the repairs.

Nnassuuna said the Authority needed more funding to work on more roads.

The Government allocated sh45.5b to KCCA for this financial year, of which sh3.8b was earmarked for emergency road repairs.

Kampala has 1,200km of road, of which 38% is tarmac. However, over 80% of the tarmac in the city is in dire state, Nnassuuna explained.

KCCA needs over sh1 trillion to maintain roads in the city over a five year period.

Nnassuuna appealed to people operating near the roads to desist from throwing rubbish in the drainage channels.

She cited people operating in the arcades and shopping malls, who build on top of drainage systems and dispose rubbish in the channels.
 

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KCCA LAUNCHES STREET LIGHTING PROJECT

KCCA has procured a consignment of 2,180 Street Lights for installation in various areas of the Central Business District. Today the installation begins at Kampala Road and we welcome you to celebrate this development.

In addition Sembule International Limited has begun implementing repairs and fittings for all the lights along State House Lodge, Nakasero Road, Nehru Avenue, Baker Road, State Road, Princess Avenue, Kyagge Road, Ternan Avenue, Nakasero Road, Lumumba Avenue, Wilson Road, Johnson and William Streets.

I ask city dwellers to be vigilant and treat the lights as their own property. We ask you to apprehend individuals who attempt to steal the lights; we also ask you not to buy them if they are offered to you in case they have been stolen.

We are committed to bringing better services to everyone who lives or works in the City and we look forward to bringing more services to the people of Kampala.
 

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Uganda Government News: KCCA To Spend 180 Million On Litter Bins
First published: 20111229 11:13:48 AM EST


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Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) has set aside over 180 million shillings to purchase bins that will be used for gathering garbage.

The authority’s boss, Jennifer Musisi says that they have contracted Nice House of Plastics to supply the containers and distribute them in the city.

She says that after distributing these containers in the city, the law enforcement officers will be deployed to arrest those who will found be scattering litters.

Musisi says that about 10 people have been arrested in two weeks for dumping garbage in undesignated places.

Musisi appeals to people in residential areas to dump garbage in designated places for easy collection by KCCA trucks. She notes that it is everyone’s responsibility to make Kampala clean.



Uganda Government News: KCCA To Clamp Vehicles Parked On Pavements
First published: 20111229 10:54:04 AM EST

As the efforts to make Kampala City a better place gain momentum, the Executive Director of Kampala Capital City Authority, Jennifer Musisi has revealed plans to clamp or impound the vehicles that will be found parked on pavements.

Musisi says that these vehicles besides blocking the pedestrians, damage the pavements and break the manhole covers.

She says that they are enough parking spaces managed by Mulitplex but some people deliberately park on pavements.

Speaking to the media today, Musisi said that she will not rest until Kampala is transformed into a clean and organized city.
 

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Kampala City roads
Engineer Andrew Kitaka, the Director engineering and technical Services at Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA), is optimistic to turn around Kampala. “What I can tell you is that we have inherited a lot of problems from the past authorities. We are now working on ending them,” Mr Kitaka said.

A total of Shs7.8 billion has been allocated towards rehabilitatng Nakivubo drainage channel, said KCCA Executive Director. KCCA has contracted Omega Construction and Prime contractors to handle major rehabilitation at Shs5.5 billion while Bison (U) Ltd will help with routine maintenance at Shs2.3 billion.

City roads projects underway
By mid-2012, KCCA’s focus will be on Roads Maintenance, Drainage systems and Lights. So far, new lights have replaced the old since some were stolen and wiring systems destroyed, cutting short Mr Kitaka’s projection of having the city fully lit at night by end of this year. “By January 31st 2012, streets should be well lit,” he said.

Upgrading Kampala’s drainage system is another project. Top on the agenda is de-silting the eight drainage channels in the city that gets clogged with waste and eroded soil. Eng. Kitaka says that placing culverts in channels directs water to appropriate waste disposal places, controling floods that ravage slums and wetlands of Kawempe and Bwaise. For three months starting December, KCC in agreement with Bisons Constructions Limited is repairing Nakivubo channel that claimed Brenda Omuntu, a Barclays employee and a boda boda cyclist in September 2011.

Maintaining Nakasero, Buganda road and Lumumba Avenue is on-going and should be ready by June 2012. But Ugandans will have to wait much longer because of limited funds, despite these plans. “When I entered office, we had been allocated Shs45 billion for roads in Kampala. This included 15 billion from the roads fund and 30 billion from government. This is very little money compared to what people expect from us,” Mr Kasita who took office on November 1st 2011 points out.

He adds: “Of the 30 billion from Central government, 17 billion had already been used and only 13 billion remained. Of the Shs13billion, Shs5.5 billion is allocated to drainage black spots leaving only Shs7.5 billion which is now channeled to road maintenance. “What people should know is that all this money allocated is for roads maintenance and not rehabilitation,” Mr Kasita points out, assuring that: “We are going to work with what is available to ensure that we give Kampala a better look.”

The losers are people who will have to be relocated as UNRA curves out access roads to these routes.
Constructing the second bridge on River Nile at Jinja - estimated to cost US$ 102 million - is yet to begin next financial year.
 
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