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Every Kampala parish to have police station
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By ANDREW BAGALA (email the author)

Posted Sunday, January 1 2012 at 00:00
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Police stations will be the coordinating centres for police posts that will also be established at the village or zonal level.

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Kampala Metropolitan Police are to establish a police station in every parish in Kampala Capital City Authority jurisdiction beginning early this year.

Kampala Metropolitan Police Director Andrew Kaweesi said each police station will be headed by an officer at the rank of Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP).

“Every parish will have a police station and that police station will have an ASP. At the village level, we are to have a police post,” Mr Kaweesi said at the rebranding of community policing strategy in Kampala on Friday. Community police involves police partnership with the community to fight crime.

KCCA has 99 parishes and 806 villages, which means the police will require at least 100 senior officers to manage the stations, with at least 8,000 officers below the rank of ASP.

Kampala Metropolitan that covers Kampala, Wakiso, Mukono and Mpigi districts has at least 10,000 officers. However, the implementation of the strategy is questionable given the fact that the Force will have to either rent new facilities or establish some and yet the money is lacking. Existing posts and booths are also struggling.


The minimum requirements for establishing a police station are rooms for offices, cells and reception. A police station must also have all departments, including criminal investigations, child and family protection, operations, among others. The least number of officers at the station is 25, most of them doing office work.
However, it is not clear where the police will get the required facilities to establish the stations and post given the facts that they do not have enough funds or land.

Mr Kaweesi expects the public to lend them a hand to realise this vision because they will be community-based. The community policing strategy was established in 1989, but it has not been fully implemented due to shortage of funds and lack of training of officers in problem-solving strategies.
 

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4,000 recruited as pioneer easy bus prepares to roll
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Passengers wait to board a bus in Kampala. Kampala Capital City Authority has granted a licence to a company, Pioneer Easy Bus to manage the Kampala public transport business.

By Risdel Kasasira (email the author)

Posted Friday, January 13 2012 at 00:00
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Free economy. Pioneer Easy Bus aims at introducing 522 buses in the city which is likely to threaten the commuter taxi industry. But KCCA says it will leave the situation to the market forces to determine.

While one of the major reasons 14 seater-commuter taxis have been tolerated for so long is that they absorb a large number of unemployed youth but they have been blamed for traffic congestion in the city and in many cases have won political support.



From drivers to conductors to the menacing touts and “brokers” who often times grab a passenger and claim a commission for loading the taxi, the industry has been a lifeline for thousands thus stemming crime.

And as the city makes attempts to minimise traffic by introducing buses with a capacity to carry more people, the major concern remains on what the fate of those employed by the taxi industry will be.

Can the buses absorb those likely to be rendered jobless by the exit of taxis?

In 2007, Pioneer Easy Bus was given a three-year pilot contract to try out possibilities of mass commuter transport in the city as the authorities tested ways of phasing out taxis.

In 2011, after a successful three-year test, the company won a five-year concession to manage public bus transport.

As it plans a major roll-out this year by setting up waiting sheds at major stages across the city, the company says contrary to fears that it will lead to massive unemployment, they will create more jobs.
Mr Ondaki Mucunguzi, a company official, says from drivers to conductors and ticket sellers, the company plans to create at least 4,000 new jobs in the transport sector.

This will be done by partly switching from taxis to buses and new entrants, Mr Mucunguzi says.

To run the 522 buses, the company says it will introduce a 24-hour shedule where between 1,000 and 1,500 drivers will be required and a similar number is expected to work as conductors while an extra 1,000 are expected to do auxiliary responsibilities such as ticketing officers and clerks.

“Each bus will have three conductors and three drivers. By the end of next year, we shall have brought all 522 buses,” Mr Mucunguzi said. The drivers and conductors will also be trained in customer care.

In a country where unemployment among youth is above 83 per cent according to a recent report, the 4,000 additional jobs will come as a necessary jab but might be still too little to make a great impact.

The bus drivers and conductors will work in a rotational routine of eight hours unlike the current taxi drivers who work for 16 hours on average.

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The director of planning for Kampala Capital City Authority, Mr George Agaba, says they do not have statistics on how many people are employed by the taxi industry currently but adds that there should be no reason for panic by those employed by taxis.

Mr Agaba assures the taxi drivers that they will not be chased out of the city.

“This is a free economy. We have not made that plan to get the taxis out of the city. Buses and taxis will both compete. It will be the market forces to determine who remains and who goes,” he said.

Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago, reiterates Mr Agaba’s comment adding: “We do not know how many taxis are operating here. That is why Utoda has been fleecing us.”

He welcomes the idea of introducing buses but wonders whether this would decongest the city.
“It goes back to poor planning. With these small roads, the buses might congest instead of decongesting the city,” Mr Lukwago said.




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By Josepha Jabo

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The appearance of the light green and gray Pioneer Easy Bus stops with wooden benches (they double as bus shelters providing shade against the sun and shelter against the rain) on city pavements have excited Kampala City dwellers. Manufactured by Yutong a Chinese-based firm, according to Pioneer Easy Bus Company (PEBC), the first batch of 100 buses, are expected in Uganda by the end of January 2012 and the 60-passenger capacity (30 sitting, 30 standing) yellow and orange buses will operate along Greater Kampala Metropolitan Area’s Eastern Route that is: Bweyogerere, Nakawa, Mukono, Kampala Road, Jinja Road, Bukoto, Naalya, Ntinda and Kiwatule.

PEBC comes with many advantages. Besides having a passenger capacity that quadruples a typical 14-seater UTODA taxi; PEBC will charge bus passengers half of what UTODA’s commuter taxis are currently charging in transport fares. This will be a relief to the general public because in the article titled, ‘Utoda in panic over new contract’ published on 26 June 2011, Sunday Vision reported, ‘International reports indicate that Uganda’s public transport is one of the most expensive in the world.’ Through PEBC’s ticketing offices passengers will be able buy their tickets before they board. There will also be weekly and monthly plastic travel cards. This is very convenient as it immediately eliminates the usual fumbling for change (or balance) with taxi conductors who are fond of abusing passengers who give them large denominations like Ug Shs 20,000 or Ug Shs 50,000 notes.

Under PEBC fares will be fixed, yet, the most grievous of Uganda Taxi Operators and Drivers Association (UTODA) taxi operators’ offences is the sudden hiking of transport fares and passengers have no choice but to pay. Worse still, once taxi fares are hiked they never revert. Furthering the exploitation, in the absence of fixed transport fares, traffic jam, increased fuel prices, and the Christmas Season are some of the reasons taxi operators give for overcharging hapless passengers. The general public has also been an unwilling witness scuffles between taxi conductors and taxi touts fighting over a few coins which is an indication of the un-seriousness of Uganda’s current public transportation system under UTODA. The road-worthiness of some of these ‘matatus’(DMCs) is also questionable.

Actually, bus-stops at regular intervals eliminates a taxi passenger’s prerogative to determine his or her stage. What is more, PEBC will stick to set bus routes and a schedule, while UTODA taxis are notorious for veering off set routes much to the chagrin of commuters.

Some UTODA taxis drivers recklessly endangering passengers’ lives. They are dirty, for example, during the 2011 Christmas period Uganda’s Traffic Police resumed an operation to crack down on road users who do not wear seat-belts—as they should. However, in UTODA taxis’, seat-belt wearing has always been a problem for passengers because taxi seatbelts (if they are there) are always dusty and dirty. UTODA taxis are narrow and cramped; hence the limited space makes embarking and disembarking difficult for passengers. UTODA Taxis often have sharp, metal jutting out of passenger seats which sometimes scratch passengers thus exposing them to tetanus.

Economically, monopolies eliminate competition to the detriment of service delivery whereas competition immediately improves service delivery and for over two decades that is exactly what UTODA has been, a monopoly in Uganda’s public transport sector. Yet, monopolizing has affected UTODA’s both professionally and in the quality of their customer service.

In conclusion, with the advent of buses, UTODA is going to face serious competition forcing it to pull up its socks or risk being outcompeted by PEBC as both buses and taxis will operate side-by-side resulting in an immediate improvement in Uganda’s Public Transport’s service delivery because that is exactly what competition does.
The Writer works for Uganda Media Centre
 

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Uganda Government News: KCCA Installs Dumping Bins Across Kampala
First published: 20120116 2:29:45 PM EST

Jennifer Semakula Musisi and New KCCA bins FOR Kampala City

The Executive Dirctor of Kampala Capital City Authority, Jennifer Musisi has appealed to people in Kampala to be mindful of keeping the city clean.

She was speaking on Monday at the launch of KCCA dumping bins. The bins that total to 650 will be placed in different positions in the central business district.

She says the bins are meant to offer options to people moving around town to dump disposable materials and also as part of their solid management programme.

Musisi says they will continue to arrest those who chose to litter the city instead of using the bins
 

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I love the hole at the front of the bin. How thoughtful. They should place most of those bins downtown near the taxi/bus parks where they are really needed.
 

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Kampala ED is city’s saviour
SATURDAY, 21 JANUARY 2012 12:12 EDITOR

Kampala is finally coming out of the sick and dirty shanty town of East Africa, thanks to the vision and tenacity of the government's Metropolitan law that established the Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA).

Ms. Jenifer Musisi is the 'tough gal' behind the city's rebirth as the country prepares to celebrate its 50-year of independence.This couldn't have been a better present for the country's Jubilee, the appointment of Kampala's Executive Director, a no-nonsense, lawyer and perfectionist.

Her challenges began on day one, when without a staff and inheriting an institution riddled with corruption, negligence, incompetence, inefficiency and any worst practices you can think about.

President Yoweri Museveni dropped her in the deep end of the pool where all the troubles mentioned above were and asked her to deliver the city to the country's "promised land".

With strong Christian ethics of integrity, a track record of transforming orgarnisations (Former job was Legal head of the country's Tax body the URA), she embarked on the arduous task of getting the largest city in the country, of about four million people, in shape.

Eight months on, the city is beginning to look the cleaner and a better place to live in. She, with a new team of enthusiastic, younger, more professional and determined technocrats, have registered considerable successes.
ED as she's fondly known, has registered over 80% in garbage collection, demolished hundreds of illegal structures and kiosks, redeveloped and constructed new markets, city toilets, and embarked on implementing a new city master plan.

Major roadworks are underway, drainage systems are being cleaned, a concerted greening campaign, fixing walkways.A total of 2087 lights (92% of the job) have been fixed covering 74 streets in Kampala City.

Late last year, KCCA received 2180 high pressure sodium vapour lamps from Ministry of Energy to replace the inefficient mercury lamps. They were acquired from Sweden.

Recently, the city embarked on a plan to transform "mindsets" with a community programme called 'Kampala Yange'. This initiative, done in conjunction with local leaders, artistes, students and corporate companies seeks to promote cleanliness and best practices amoung the population.
Of course challenges abound as there is still congestion and boda boda (cyclists), narrow roads and a lack of parking.
But Rome was not built in a day.
 

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Wish Ms. Musisi the best. It will be great to see the city getting better.

Does Kampala have a population of 4 million? Or does this include the greater Kampala area? I ask because Nairobi which I would imagine is far much more populous has 3.1 million (2009 Census).
 

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Wish Ms. Musisi the best. It will be great to see the city getting better.

Does Kampala have a population of 4 million? Or does this include the greater Kampala area? I ask because Nairobi which I would imagine is far much more populous has 3.1 million (2009 Census).
the city limit population is 4 million . and the inner city population is between 2.5 million and 3 million .
 

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the city limit population is 4 million . and the inner city population is between 2.5 million and 3 million .
Interesting. I kind of thought it would be lower than that. I guess the population is growing fast. Thanks.
 

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KCCA secures litter bins, gets tough on littering
Publish Date: Jan 17, 2012

Central Division mayor Godfrey Nyakana (left) opening the bin while the Kampala Executive Director Jennifer Musisi Ssemakula, UTODA and the public look on during the launch of the KCCA Garbage bins along Constitution square on PHOTO BY MARK OWOR.

By Juliet Waiswa

Kampala residents will have no excuse for littering the City; this comes after the authority has installed 650 plastic bins in the central business district.

Kampala Capital City Authority Executive director, Jennifer Musisi while commissioning the litter bins urged residents, to guard the property for the good and cleanliness of the city.

“We have received the garbage bins as we have been promising and we don’t expect to arrest anybody for littering. Today we have started with Jinja Road and we are moving around the city to ensure that all streets have plastic bins, please protect them,” Musisi said during the launch at the Kampala Constitutional Square.



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She said the bins have cost KCCA over sh185m. KCCA received sh1.8b in the 2011/12 fiscal year for garbage banks and litter bins.

The city has also procured another 100 metallic bins from Technology for Tomorrow worth sh35m to serve an alternative for the plastics bins. This move comes after the authority is up against littering, dumping and dirtying the city.
KCCA recently warned the public against littering and dumping in the city.

Over 60 people have in the last one month been arrested in the city in enforcing laws on dumping and littering.
All the people arrested are charged under the Kampala City Council (Solid Waste Management Ordinance) 2000. The Ordinance emphasizes that it is the responsibility of the garbage generator to deposit it well.

“KCCA appeals to people in Kampala to take responsibility and care about their environment. If found in violation of the ordinance, KCCA will be left with no option but to prosecute the offender,” Musisi said.

She emphasized that there are laws in place prohibiting littering in the city and KCCA has started enforcing them.
The launch was attended by Central Urban division Mayor Godfrey Nyakana, who told residents that they should police each other on littering.

“We want your people who operate business around here to monitor each other, please protect the garbage bins,” Nyakana said





KCCA Pushes for a Litter Free Kampala…
Posted by filtre on Tuesday, January 17, 2012 in KCCA, litter, national, Uganda |

By: Julius Sseremba
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The Kampala Capital City Authority has intensified its Garbage Management initiatives in the Central Business District said Jennifer Musisi, the Executive Director of the Authority.

Flanked by the Central Division Mayor, Councillor Godfrey Nyakana, Ms. Musisi announced the roll-out of 650 plastic bins purchased at a total cost of 185 million from Nice House of Plastics.

"We shall also deliver one hundred metallic bins starting next week," she added.

"We must exercise citizen responsibility and handle these bins with care," Councillor Nyakana urged. "They should not be used to dispose of waste from restaurants or private business premises. These bins are meant to help the average person on the street to dispose of litter."

Kampala generates more than 200 tons of garbage per day. Up to 90 percent of this comprises of decomposable, organic matter most of which comes from farm produce.

Over the last two weeks, the Authority has undertaken the implementation of a ten-year-old ordinance. Several individuals, guilty of littering, have been arrested and charged on this offence. The City is noticeably cleaner since the implementation of this ordinance commenced.
 

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KCCA finally takes over city taxi parks

KCCA officials issue bank slips to taxi operators in Kampala yesterday. Photo by F. Kasirye

By Abdu Kiyaga & Flavia Nalubega (email the author)

Posted Wednesday, February 1 2012 at 00:00
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Change of guards. Drivers say new Shs155,000 monthly charge levied by the Authority is unrealistic and ask for reduction on a day when Utoda boss Katongole weeps, lamenting that change of management will leave close to 800 workers jobless.

Kampala Capital City Authority yesterday took a major step towards reforming public transport in the city when it ended about two decades of Utoda’s stranglehold and took over the management of commuter taxis.




KCCA officials promised that the take-over would lead to an improvement in the state of the taxi parks and the service enjoyed by commuters, financed by a monthly user-fee of Shs155,000 per taxi. “With this money we shall work on roads, the drainage system, street lights and both taxi parks,” KCCA spokesman Peter Kaujju said yesterday. “Our engineering department started work on Monday to analyse the state of the carpet [sic] in the new taxi park.”

Estimates show that Utoda was collecting over Shs1 billion from an estimated 7,000 commuter taxis but was required to remit Shs390 million to KCCA per month, often missing payments for several months.

Utoda’s departure is expected to pave the way for the introduction of buses to carry more passengers and decongest the city. The first fleet of 100 buses belonging to Pioneer Easy Bus Company recently arrived at Mombasa Port after delays.

Buses, taxis to operate together
KCCA commissioned the bus company to take over the major transport routes in Kampala and operate alongside commuter taxis most of which are privately owned by individuals in the short-term.

“Buses and taxis will all operate within the city. There is no plan whatsoever to kick out taxis although we have a long-term plan we are yet to unveil,” Mr Kaujju said.

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There were tears and a sense of loss among Utoda officials led by its chairman Hajj Musa Katongole, while some commuter taxi drivers said KCCA’s decision to charge a monthly fee paid in a lump sum was worse than Utoda’s daily fee.


“This is sheer robbery because they are charging more than Utoda, in a lump sum within a very limited time span,” Mr Richard Ssemwogerere, a driver at the Mbarara stage, said yesterday. “I am sure we have just changed the name but the operation still remains the same.”

Drivers have two weeks within which to make the payment.

Mr Hassan Muyise, a driver at the Kabusu stage, said: “We are driving second-hand cars that always experience mechanical faults. What will happen if a vehicle spends over two weeks in a garage? You cannot explain this to them but to Utoda, you would not pay for the days you have not been working.”

Mr Kaujju said although plans are underway to teach drivers about the new system, the lump sum monthly payment would remain.

As KCCA called the changes yesterday, Hajj Katongole held a meeting at his company’s office and said their disenfranchisement had left close to 800 workers including touts, drivers, conductors, stage supervisors and guides jobless.

“We employ very many people, the ones gathered here are like three quarters of the total number of employees,” Mr Katongole said, with tears streaming down his face.

However, Mr Kaujju said: “Utoda employs mainly drivers and conductors who shall still stay in business even as we take over control.”



KCCA takes over parks management
Publish Date: Jan 31, 2012

By Juliet Waiswa

Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) is now controlling both the Old and New Taxi Parks after High Court in Kampala ruled on grounds that the case was erroneously filed as an application for judiciary review.

Om Tuesday morning KCCA officials and the Police took charge of all the parks in the city centre and its suburbs.

The situation in the Old taxi park, Nakawa and the New Park was calm as KCCA officials issued reciepts and collected money.

Court ruled that technically, UTODA should have filed an ordinary suit to establish the validity of UTODA’s contract.

Court in Kampala dismissed a case filed by the Uganda Taxi Operators and Drivers Association (UTODA) over the management of the parks.

Judicial review is conducted by the High Court in relation to proceedings plus decisions taken by persons, subordinate courts and inferior tribunals or bodies.

Court also ruled that UTODA did not clearly spell out its rights over the contract, which allegedly expired on October 30, 2011, when it dragged KCCA to court.

The parties appeared before Justice Eldad Mwangushya, in a fully packed courtroom, consisting of taxi drivers and conductors.

The case arose after KCCA executive director Jennifer Musisi in her memo of October 18, 2011, said UTODA’s contract was expiring on October 31, 2011.

Musisi also declared in the memo that KCCA would take over management of the dilapidated taxi parks from November 1, 2011.

“The case is beyond judicial review and what is to be determined is whether they (UTODA) have a contract or not,” Mwangushya said.

The court also observed that UTODA petitioned court, yet they had been invited for a meeting by KCCA. Mwangushya stated that UTODA was pre-empting the authority on what was to be discussed in the meeting.

In July, UTODA bosses snubbed a meeting with Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago who maintained that they had no running contract with KCCA.

UTODA also declined to produce a memorandum and articles of association, annual returns filed with the registrar of companies and the structure of taxi fares levied.

Court yesterday also ordered UTODA to pay KCCA costs for the case. KCCA was represented by Caleb Mugisha and Robert Kwanza While UTODA was represented by Abbas Bukenya.

UTODA has been managing the taxi parks since 1993 when it signed its first contract with the then Kampala City Council.

Its contract was due to expire on October 31, 2010, but was extended to October 31, 2011.

However, UTODA argued that its contract was to remain in force up to October 31, 2014.

According to the terms of the contract extension, UTODA was to pay sh392m monthly to KCCA, up from sh290m.

However, UTODA has persistently been in arrears. A section of the taxi drivers have also complained that they have been subjected to excessive charges by UTODA.

The two taxi parks are in a sorry state. Almost all the tarmac has been eaten away and they have become very muddy whenever it rains.
 

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KCCA to introduce railway services to ease jam
Publish Date: Feb 02, 2012

Committee members of the Parliamentary Physical Planning , Lubaga Municipality mayor Joyce Ssebugwawo (second right) and KCCA Physical Planning Officers tour Bawealakata drainage
By Noah Jagwe

THE Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) is planning to introduce railway transport service in the next financial year to reduce traffic in the city centre.

The KCCA Director engineering and Technical Service Andrew Kitaka said before setting off for fact-finding study by the Parliamentary Committee on Physical infrastructure about Kampala Capital City.

He said discussions are underway to implement the project in the next financial year.

Kitaka explained that this is part of the plan to decongest the city in terms of traffic jam in the future.

He also said the council would use the same infrastructure for the Rift Valley Railways.

Kitaka added that Rift Valley was not successful because it never had consent from the public.

He noted that they are soon stopping taxi vehicles and boda-bodas from accessing the city centre as a way to reduce traffic jam.

“We are going to commission a study on the access points” Kitaka said.

“However we request the parliamentary committee on physical infrastructure to increase funding to the KCCA to enable it carry out its plans” he added.

Kitaka also said they are still looking for funding from the government of China to decongest the city with the main emphasis on signalization of Junctions among others.
 

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KCCA to redesign City roads to accommodate buses
NEWS | FEBRUARY 3, 2012 AT 12:40 PM |

Kampala Capital City Authority finalized plans to redesign city roads to create special lanes for city buses starting early March.On Tuesday, Jennifer Ssemakula Musisi, the KCCA executive director said government signed a contract with Pioneer Easy Bus to provide bus services in the city centre.

She said the arrangement is near completion adding that a total of 100 out of the 500 buses have already docked at Mombasa awaiting clearance to Kampala.Musisi said starting early March bus services shall be available for city dwellers alongside taxis on major routes in and out of the city centre.

She said among the modalities on the city roads to ease traffic and accommodate the buses include marking specific lanes and prohibiting other vehicles from accessing the bus lanes for efficiency.But Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago sounded skeptical about the bus arrangement. He said KCCA has not been availed with the bus agreement government signed with Pioneer Easy Bus Company.

According to Lukwago, the contract would be able to lay out the obligations and duties for KCCA, government and the proprietors.Lukwago said while he supports the idea of introducing buses, prior arrangements need to be worked out to address the basics that include bus parks, bus stops and marking out the lanes.

Alfred Ntambazi, the chairperson KCCA committee on physical planning and engineering said the bus system has already been adopted at the committee level. and Ntambazi said Engineer Andrew Kitaka, the director in charge of engineering and works has been assigned the duty of drafting the flow of traffic with the introduction of the buses.
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Uganda Government News: KCCA Wants One Trillion For City Improvement
First published: 20120203 5:48:36 AM EST


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Kampala Capital City Authority has asked for 1 Trillion shillings for modernizing the city over the next five years.

This is one of the requests that KCCA has made to the Parliamentary Committee on Physical Infrastructure

KCCA wants its budget raised from 45 billion to 1 trillion shillings to enable them do a better job in Kampala.

The MPs yesterday toured Kampala city to assess the progress of KCCA since it started its work of planning for the city.

One of the Members sitting on this committee, Ntengeru South MP in Kayunga District, Patrick Nsanaja the committee has agreed with the KCCA officials to increase on the budget from 45 Billion to 1 trillion to save the image of Kampala city especially fixing the potholes and constructing of news roads to ease traffic jam in the city center.

Nsanja says, it’s a shame that Kampala city still has dusty roads and Marram roads in the middle of the city.
 

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Uganda Business News: Pioneer Bus Services To Take Over City Transport
First published: 20120205 8:40:06 AM EST


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Pioneer Bus Company is set to start its city transport services after procuring at least 100 of the more than 300 buses the company is expected to bring in to provide transport services within the city. Kampala Capital City Authority Licensed Pioneer Bus Company to provide bus transport services within Kampala.

The company today unveiled 30 buses they said are ready to start plying different routes in greater Kampala transporting people to and from Kampala to the suburbs.

The Manager of the company Savio Kakooza says the buses will improve transport in the city and the suburbs.

He says each of the buses carries 60 passengers and will transport more people at once. This is expected to reduce on traffic jam in Kampala and neighbouring areas.

However, many taxi drivers have cried foul over the new bus company set to take over city transport, with many claiming it will leave them with no jobs and may increase crime in Kampala.

But Kakooza says Pioneer Bus will be providing much more jobs that it might displace. He says when all their buses start work, Pioneer bus company will be the second largest employer in Uganda after the government.
 

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Uganda transport sector set for major facelift

PHOTO/LABAN WALLOGA Some of the buses imported by Pioneer Easy Bus Company, a Ugandan firm. The company has invested over US$10 million (Sh850 million) in a fleet of 522 modern buses that will operate in Kampala’s central business district.

By GITONGA MARETE [email protected]
Posted Sunday, February 5 2012 at 18:43
Public transport in Uganda is set for major transformation with the launch of a passenger shuttle service that will offer transport services within the country’s capital city.

Pioneer Easy Bus Company (PEB), a Ugandan firm, has invested over US$10 million (Sh850 million) in a fleet of 522 modern buses that will operate in Kampala’s central business district, said Kakooza Savio, the company’s head of security.

“We have signed a concession of over four years with the government of Uganda to provide transport under public-private partnership and the service will start as soon as these buses arrive in Kampala,” he said at the Mombasa port where he was overseeing clearance of the first batch of 100 buses.

Each bus has a capacity of 60 passengers and special seats for the physically challenged and the aged.

“These are some of the most modern buses from the Chinese market designed to take care of all persons without discrimination,” he added.

This development comes at a time when controversy is raging in the public transport sector in Kenya over planned phasing out of the 14-seater matatus from Nairobi’s central Business District.

Matatu owners have protested over the proposal, saying thousands of young Kenyans will be rendered jobless.

The company, Mr Savio said, will replicate the same in other East Africa cities including Nairobi and Mombasa, which are grappling with congestion due to the high number of 14-seater matatus.

“Public transport in East African cities is facing a crisis with massive congestion due to lack of innovation in the sector, and these are the problems we intend to address,” he said.

Mr Herbert Odankie Mucunguzi, PEB marketing manager, said that to start with the buses will be operating within a radius of 10 kilometres before they roll out to a planned radius of 30 kilometres when all 522 buses arrive.

The Kampala Capital Authority (KCCA) has already designated 800 bus stages and bus stops in the greater Kampala metropolitan.

KCCA has a five-year agreement with PEB to run public transport in western and eastern parts of the City.

Mr Mucunguzi said the bus service will provide Ugandans with modern public transport services and offer affordable and scheduled services to all city commuters in Kampala’s eastern parts of Mukono, Luzira, Bweyogere, Ntinda, Mulago, Nakawa, Namugongo.

The buses will also ply western routes of Natete and Rubaga.

Contrary to some taxi operators’ complaints in Kampala that the new buses will drive them out of business, Pioneer, the official said, will create more than 4,000 jobs as the shuttle will operate for 24 hours with an eight-hour shift.

“We are calling on qualified drivers to come and apply for jobs,” he said, adding that the electronic ticketing system it is going to adopt will also create thousands of job opportunities.
 

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Pioneer Easy Bus Gets First Batch
By Our Reporter,

The fleet of buses that arrived at Mombasa last week

Pioneer Easy Bus Limited (‘PEBL’) has received the first batch of 100 buses at the Mombasa Port, Kenya. John Masanda, Chief Executive Officer, confirmed that the first batch of the 100 buses arrived at the Mombasa Port aboard MV. Delphinus Leader voyage#009 on February 2 after which they will be expected transit to Kampala upon customs clearance.

“We are pleased to announce that the first 100 buses are finally here,” he said. “The buses got here in perfect shape and they shall be on their way to Kampala ahead of operations commencing in March 2012,” he said.

The new buses which have originally been assembled by Yutong Company in China will arrive in Uganda by the end of this month.
 

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Posted Tuesday, February 7 2012 at 00:00
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Pioneer Bus officials have said the move will create about 4,000 jobs, including employment for drivers.

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Public transport in Kampala is set for a major transformation with the arrival of the first batch of the passenger buses that will operate within the capital city. Pioneer Easy Bus (PEB) company has invested more than $10 million (Shs23 billion) in a fleet of 522 modern buses, Mr Savio Kakooza, the company head of security, said yesterday.

More buses
Speaking at Mombasa Port where he was overseeing the clearance of the first batch of 100 buses, Mr Kakooza said the remaining 422 units would be delivered in the next few months. “We have signed a concession of over four years with the government of Uganda to provide transport under the public private partnership and the service will start as soon as these buses arrive in Kampala,” he said.

The PEB marketing manager, Mr Herbert Odankie Mucunguzi, said yesterday that for the start the buses will be operating within the radius of 10 kilometres before they roll out to the planned radius of 30 kilometres when the rest of the buses arrive. Kampala Capital City Authority has already designated 800 bus stops in the Greater Kampala Metropolitan.

KCCA has a five-year agreement with PEB, a transport company which was established in 2005, to run the public transport in western and eastern parts of the city. Mr Mucunguzi said the bus service is aimed at providing Ugandans with modern public transport services and will offer affordable and scheduled services to all city commuters in Kampala eastern parts of Mukono, Luzira, Bweyogerere, Ntinda, Mulago, Nakawa and Namugongo. The buses will also ply western routes of Natete and Rubaga.

Regional development
Each bus has a capacity of 60 passengers and has special seats for the physically challenged and the elderly. “These are some of the most modern buses from the Chinese market designed to take care of all persons without discrimination,” he said.

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The company, Mr Kakooza said, would replicate the same in other East African cities, including Nairobi and Mombasa that are grappling with congestion due to the high number of 14-seater matatus.

“Public transport in East African cities is facing a crisis with massive congestion due lack of innovation in the sector and these are the problems we intend to address. In the spirit of the East Africa Community, our vision is to invest in transport in East Africa since there is great potential,” he added.

Contrary to some taxi operators’ complaints in Kampala that the new buses would drive them out of business, Pioneer officials said the company would create more than 4,000 jobs as the shuttles will operate for 24 hours with an eight-hour shift.

Meanwhile, the development comes at a time when controversy is raging in the public transport sector in Kenya over planned phasing out of the 14-seater matatus from Nairobi. Matatu owners have protested against the proposal, saying thousands of Kenyans will be rendered jobless.
 
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