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Fixing Kampala’s Broken Dreams – Taking Stock And Care Of The Future
Posted by filtre on Thursday, February 09, 2012 in consider this, feature |

Without seeing, it is difficult to understand the great extent to which Kampala has, over the decades, been successively overwhelmed to breaking point by new waves of migration from rural towns and villages, and from across the entire East and Central African region. Let’s face it; we live in quite a dangerous and volatile neighborhood. So credit to wherever it is due, because somehow, and perhaps because of an aspect of this country's difficult to pin down ideology, somewhere hazy, between a rampant, libertarian capitalism, and the socialist solidarity of a flagging and lukewarm Pan African movement, courtesy of the ruling NRM party, Uganda, which to a large extent and definition, in the minds of many, is Kampala, has been able to absorb its new populations, and still maintain a rare sense of accommodative hospitality.

It is a valuable lesson to others, who cling onto a phony, inward looking sense of apartness, which has always been, perhaps deliberately so, dead, sterile, and or intrinsically repulsive.But Kampala is not the small town it used to be, even as its everyday mentality remains as such. Its character has been tangibly affected by these multiple external influences, creating a growing sense of hub, dynamism, and an easy cosmopolitanism, especially amongst its young, ‘global villagers’. But it is also surviving under duress.

Its infrastructure is almost fifty years behind its contemporary reality, and for those who exist at the bottom of the social hierarchy, that reality is harsh and at times shocking, if not completely disturbing. It is hard to imagine, that for so many, such grotesque conditions are in fact a vast improvement to what they had previously known.Matters have not been helped in the past, with occupancy of the City’s central administrative bureaucracy having long ago, until very recently, been taken up by extraordinarily corrupt and incompetent individuals, people with no ounce of concern for the welfare of the city and its people, nor even the vaguest trace of nationalism, let alone managerial expertise.

Democracy sometimes produces insanity! The answer is not autocracy, but strenuous efforts to ensure that ours is a significantly better educated population than is currently the case!In every sense then, Kampala was left to develop and survive without a meaningful administration to govern and plan its now exploding growth. The end result is an urban population whose normality is a gentle and mostly polite lawlessness, and for whom, chaos is but a daily, minor obstacle, to be overcome in the search for opportunity.

Last week, Members of Uganda’s Parliament from the Physical Infrastructure Committee were taken on a three day guided tour of the city by a team from the newly created Kampala Capital City Authority. The tour was ostensibly to give parliamentarians an opportunity to see how taxpayer’s money given to the KCCA, approximately 42 Billion shillings, less than $20 million, for infrastructural development, has been, or is being used.

But it was also a valuable opportunity for the KCCA to put the holders of the country’s purse strings in the fullest possible picture, about the almost overwhelming infrastructure requirements of the capital city. It will take significantly more than $20 Million to upgrade Kampala to 21st century, modern capital city status.And perhaps that is where the New Conversation that we all need to have about The Future, which is now, can get going.

Hot on the heels of a spectacular and emotive series of unfortunate incidents in which one man got shot by a bodyguard working for the KCCA’s Physical Planning Director during a Routine Eviction Exercise, it was inevitable, that some parliamentarians would want to discuss that matter, as well as the overblown matter of the apparently irreconcilable differences that exist between the City’s Lord Mayor and its Executive Director.

These dark, hovering clouds of Luzira notwithstanding, the tour started well with a hearty breakfast at Hotel Africana. An opening speech was given by the KCCA’s Executive Director, followed by a briefing to MPs, and to gathered press, by the City’s Director Of Engineering, on how the $20 Million given to the KCCA by Parliament has been used, the gigantic infrastructure requirements that remain, and which parts of the city and ongoing works projects, were going to be included on the 3 day tour.

As the inspection got underway, with visits to Lubaga and Makindye divisions, all thoughts of Luzira dissipated, confronted as the MPs now were, with the undeniably shabby state of infrastructure in some of these areas. Within a very short period of time, most of the MPs had become overwhelmed by the urgency of Kampala’s dire needs.

Lunch time offered some welcome respite and exposed the shallow approach of some of Uganda’s press corps, most of whom immediately left, believing they had the full story on day one of a three day exercise. Strange! Uganda survives on incomplete misinformation!

Makindye Division Mayor, Ian Clarke, who has gained a reputation for being somewhat of a control freak, outperformed himself, bringing along a BBC cameraman to capture his ‘Muzungu in Africa’ story, and conducting the tour of his division with such zeal and gusto, zipping around (azunga zunga) like an un-caged, animated character, that at times it seemed he would exhaust himself and everybody else, Ugandans being used to a slightly more laid back pace of doing things, especially in the baking sun.

Namuwongo slum in Clarke’s Makindye Division, indeed Kampala slums in general, need to be seen to be believed, though not everything was depressing. For with the small amount of money available, the KCCA has already done more in Kampala than several of the city’s previous administrations combined, managed to pretend to do in decades.

It is a wonder that nobody has yet gone to jail for that prolonged level of outlandish thuggery, apart of course, from the KCCA’s Physical Planning Director, as irony would unreasonably dictate, in our topsy turvy society, for attempting to clean up the decades long mess. It’s enough to make you giggle with cracked nerves. Is anybody actually safe in such an atmosphere?

By the end of the first day, there was unanimity amongst all, that the KCCA must be given significantly more money, not only because of the enormous task it has, to upgrade Kampala’s infrastructure and systems, but because of its evident capacity to deliver where so many others failed, with such a determined misery.

It is a misery which remains our daily urban experience; from crazy flooding, unsanitary drains, revolting piles of garbage, to unmanageable traffic, bad roads, scandalously dangerous housing, multiple health and safety hazards, and nuisance, half baked, and presumptuously rude police officers, mostly from outside Kampala, all of which can be more of a hindrance to better communication, no pun intended, ‘an enormous bottleneck’, than it is a convenience.

On the second day, with a fresh lot of MPs joining the tour, the Luzira incident returned to haunt the conversation in the tour bus. Some food and drinks kept things jovial and light hearted, but nonetheless, it was a sharp reminder, that the entire matter, and the seething anger it had aroused in so many, had not gone to bed yet. The first signs of political affiliation began to show themselves, as an FDC MP and NRM members expressed their varying views. But that was before seeing reality.

A visit to Kawempe, perhaps the most desperate of Kampala’s divisions, made one thing stark. Kampala and its expansive conurbation can no longer be subjugated underneath party political interests, and individual, thieving greed, if its necessary improvements are going to materialize in the allotted time scale, of two to three years, according to the now imprisoned KCCA Physical Planning Director.

In one of the most amazing turnarounds witnessed, critical and at odds MPs returned from Kawempe in full, heated agreement with each other, that the division’s circumstances are truly desperate, that something has got be done about them, and that the matter is no longer, if ever it was, political, only human, and unfortunate.

By the end of the second day, culminating with an ironic trip to Luzira prison, to inspect a road repaired in that facility by the KCCA, there was no more talk of ‘The Luzira Incident’. It was a significant and subtle transformation. Finally, it seemed, that the people who matter most, MPs, the ones who control the nation’s finances, understood.

Luzira, and all other matters of that nature, must be located within the context of a dangerous urban desperation that has been decades in the making, and which can only be successfully tackled, by a uniformity of mind and purpose.

The third and final day of the tour was characterized by a sense of calm focus, and by an acceptance that the KCCA, a new and relevant administrative body for the City Of Kampala, deliberately created by an Act Of Parliament for just such an eventuality, is this city’s only hope for modern salvation.

The tour group went down town and saw not only areas of concern, but was able to see some impressive signs of infrastructural rejuvenation, from the cleared and cleaner street pavements in the city’s CBD, to roads, like Lumumba Avenue, which have been given a long required and quite sparkling for Kampala, face lift.

There is something deliriously optimistic about seeing a works project underway. Starved as all of Kampala’s citizens have been of visible signs of thoughtful administration, seeing road reconstructions taking place, after elections, has an immediate way of restoring some waning faith.

What is more, is that for all the wide ranging inadequacy, down town Kampala is a frenzied, exciting atmosphere of every form of commerce and social activity, where the massive crowds, at times, create an intensely visual beauty of a humanity on the move, somewhat reminiscent of scenes in paintings by one of the famous impressionists.

The KCCA’s job is not to kill commerce or opportunity, on the contrary, it is to aid and assist businesses and people, by creating a more conducive, properly structured, manageable and contained environment for all of Kampala’s citizens, taxpayers, and residents.

Hot on the heels of a much publicized and exceedingly important legal victory against a by-product of the sheer madness that was Kampala’s administration, the mafia like, loosely amalgamated, and horrifically inefficient city transportation body, UTODA, which over the years, has brought all of Kampala to its knees, with its intensely selfish, lawless, and self centered approach to service delivery, the closing remarks on day three at Hotel Africana, given by the KCCA Executive Director, the KCCA Director Of Engineering, a member of the Parliamentary Committee on Physical Infrastructure during lunch, had something of a somber yet briskly celebratory air about them.

MPs had now seen not only evidence of how the taxpayer’s money that they had entrusted to the KCCA had been, and was being utilized, but they had also seen the grave and wide extent of infrastructural decay, in many cases, the infrastructure being completely non-existent, a fact which rendered all opportunistic politicking regarding, irrelevant. It was as if there was an acknowledgment, that such mayhem could only be as a result of a collective effort.

In many ways, after the three day tour of Kampala, there was no more need to convince anybody that the city is not only in dire need of great assistance, but that in spite of all ongoing challenges, it is finally in the right, most capable, firmly competent, and tirelessly resolute hands.

Hard as it might be to believe, Change is definitely coming to this city.
For that, we should all perhaps be a little grateful, and for once, willing to put our ever ready skepticism, after years of disgracefully broken promises, aside.

The KCCA’s leadership has an immensely difficult task, which is to resurrect the fortunes of a criminally neglected, overrun, and senselessly abused city. Young and old, rich and poor, would do well to try to join in those efforts wherever they can, if only because the alternative, which landed us in the quite convoluted mess that we are in, is an already well known, shamelessly parasitic and now apparently filthy rich abhorrence.

In that regard, it is important that Kampala’s people focus not only on today, but more realistically and importantly, on The Future, whose betterment will be determined by how we choose to think and act right now.

Source: filtre

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Discussion Starter #82 (Edited)
The following roads are currently being rebuilt with new drainage,pavements and fresh tarmac .

Work is in progress on the following roads:

1.Mawanda Rd
2.Bombo road
3.Haji Musakasule road
4.Juju RD
5.Sir Apollo Rd
6.Lubiri Ring Road
7.Wankuluku Road
8.Katalima Rd
9.Ntinda 2 Rd
10.Old Kira Rd
11.Luthuli Rise
12.Bukoto close
13.Pricess Ann Drive
16.Marters way
17.Naguru Upper East Rd
18.Mukwano Rd
19.Kibuli Rd
20.Kisugu Rd
21.Salama Rd(this will be done very soon)
22.3rd street(near sadolin)
23.Nakasero Hill Rd

KCCA at work to rebuild Kampala

Lumuba avenue (this new smooth surface was ounce the worst road in Kampala it had exactly 190 potholes ) KCCA at work !

KCCA inspect roads

A Repaired Pavement


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Discussion Starter #83
KCCA night time cleaning . the city is swept of all garbage laying around at night to allow quick a free flow service . this avoids congestion with the public and is done in an orderly manner .

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Discussion Starter #84
Across the road is one of the new green street lights over 2500 were put up in Kampala recently

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Discussion Starter #85
Uganda Business News: KCCA Asked To Review Pioneer Bus Contract
First published: 20120221 10:45:25 AM EST

Ultimate Media

Parliament has directed KCCA to review the contract that was signed with the pioneer easy bus company before they can approve the bus company to start operations in the city.

The Parliament's committee on Public service and Local government Friday suspended Pioneer Easy Bus Company Ltd operations after a petition from Mukono and Wakiso authorities petitioned parliament over the matter.

The committee chaired by Kalungu woman MP Florence Kintu today noted that the idea of the bus operations is better since it will offer cheap transportation ranging from 500 shillings a journey of 10km and 1000 for a journey above 10km

Both the lord mayors Elias Lukwago and KCCA E.D Jennifer Musisi agree that there was a breach of contract on both parties but well as Musisi insists that the contract is still binding the lord mayor says that there is no contract.

The committee chairperson Florence Kintu is now tasking the 2 officials to put aside their fights and review the contract with all stake holders. The petitioners are demanding to know how their districts will benefit since the bus company is to pay 300,000 shillings per bus to KCCA yet they will be moving as far as Wakiso and Mukono

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Discussion Starter #86
Uganda People News: Mayor Lukwago Appeals On Cleanliness In The City
First published: 20120223 3:06:11 AM EST

Ultimate Media

The Lord Mayor of Kampala Capital City Authority Erias Lukwago has called upon people who live and those who work in Kampala to be responsible in their waste disposal in order to keep Kampala clean.

Lukwago was speaking at a half day workshopfor Kampala district councilors to sensitize them on how they can involve the public in maintaining the City clean under the campaign dubbed Kampala City yange. He says it is still a challenge for leaders to mobilise people to have common values to follow in keeping the city clean.

Lukwago hopes Kampala city yange will cause change in the state of the city with many individuals taking up their responsibility of not littering garbage in undesignated places.

Lukwago says there is need for amendments in the solid waste management act 2000 for Kampala to make the day of cleaning the
city mandatory to every person who will be in Kampala on that day if this campaign of keeping Kampala clean is to yield any fruits.

During the same meeting, the Executive Director KCCA Jenifer Musisi warned against poor garbage disposal methods by most members of the public, saying many people still throw garbage in drainages, which affects systematic flowing of water.

She says everyone should take it as a personal responsibility to ensure the environment around them is clean and ensure people around them do not litter.

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Discussion Starter #87
Uganda Government News: Lukwago Mobiles People For Clean Kampala Exercise
First published: 20120224 1:16:48 PM EST

Ultimate Media

Kampala Capital City Authority has called on the public to take part in the city cleaning exercise slated for tomorrow Saturday.

KCCA is to kick off a cleanup excise of all divisions within Kampala as part of efforts to improve the city’s sanitation which is in a very sorry state.

Kampala Lord mayor Erias Lukwago says all division mayors are to lead and mobilize their residents to engage in the cleanup exercise.

He says they are to de-silt drainage channels, cut long grass, and collect garbage wash roads and plant flowers among others.

The cleanup exercise Kampala city known as Kampala Yange to be taking place every last weekend of the month.

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Discussion Starter #88
KCCA finally sets bus fares
By MERCY NALUGO (email the author)

Posted Monday, February 27 2012 at 00:00

Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) in consultation with Pioneer Easy Bus Limited (PEB), a private bus company set to provide public bus services in the greater metropolitan Kampala, has finally fixed transport fares.

A Thursday meeting with PEB convened at KCCA headquarters in Kampala to discuss a range of issues, agreed to charge Shs800 for a distance within a radius of 10 kilometres to 12 kilometers on their designated routes in Kampala.

A source who attended the meeting said the officials, after hours of deliberations, set a flat fee of Shs800 for short and long distances to compete favourably with other players in the transport industry.

One will for instance pay Shs800 to go as far as Bweyogerere and Ntinda where passengers currently pay Shs1500 in taxis. Shs800 which is the standard fee that was agreed upon in the meeting, is half the price charged by commuter taxis (kamunye) for the same distance.

The meeting also agreed that in the meantime, the buses would operate in Kampala city as KCCA maps out other lanes outside the city. The officials also agreed to formalise PEB contract so that they begin work immediately.

KCCA Spokesperson Peter Kaujju was not available for a comment as he could not answer repeated calls but PEB Director David Baingana confirmed to Daily Monitor that the price was fixed last week.

Using cards
“We agreed to fix the fares to a flat fee of Shs800 for easy administration and passengers shall be required to purchase cards to board the buses to their final destinations,” said Mr Baingana on phone yesterday.

Commenting on remarks by the State Minister for Works, Mr Stephen Chebrot, to the effect that the ministry was not consulted on the bus project and that there is no legal framework to regularise the bus services in the country, Mr Baingana said the ministry was fully brought on board. He said they have several correspondences with the then minister for Works, Eng. John Nasasira.

“As far as we are concerned, the minister’s statements were done in bad faith because there is a statutory instrument regularising the introduction of buses which was assented to by the works minister and gazzeted just like any other laws,” Mr Baingana said.

According to documents seen by this newspaper, the minister for works, on June 2010, convened a meeting with then KCC to ensure the implementation of a national-based bus transport programme in Kampala city.

Also the Traffic and Road Safety Regulations 2011 statutory instrument was put in place, setting guidelines to be followed. KCCA is yet to agree on the bus roads, routes, stops, and bus lanes.

Ministry endorsement
Reacting to Mr Chebrot’s remarks, Mr Kaujju last week said the ministry was brought on board from the onset of the consultations. “There were high level consultations with government departments on this matter.

There was a lot of correspondence between KCCA and the ministries. There is also a letter from the then acting town clerk Ruth Kijjambu to the minister of state for transport, dated April 6, 2010, regarding the Traffic and Road Safety (Bus Services Regulations), 2010 statutory instrument of which copies were given to several other ministries,” Mr Kaujju said last week.

He said there is another one dated February 23, 2010, to the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Works and Transport, titled ‘evaluation committee for operation of bus transport services in Kampala city’.

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Discussion Starter #89
Pioneer Easy Bus to start mid March

Pioneer Easy Bus (PEB) Limited has shifted its start date from March 1 as earlier announced to March 12, following contestations over the contract it signed with Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA).

Besides sorting out contractual issues, The Observer understands that other technicalities like construction of bus lanes and road testing of the buses have to be pursued before PEB can roll out its services. Also, the company has agreed to conform to KCCA's uniform price of Shs 800 on all routes. PEB was contracted by the defunct Kampala City Council to operate bus transport in the eastern and western zones (Mukono, Luzira, Bweyogerere, Ntinda, Naalya, Kasubi and Wakiso) of Kampala. According to the one-year contract, the company was to receive an automatic five-year contract renewal based on its fulfillment of earlier contractual obligations.

It was tasked to import 522 buses within nine months and so far, 100 have arrived in the country. Appearing before Parliament last week, the KCCA Executive Director, Jennifer Musisi, admitted that both sides were responsible for the failure to meet the terms of the contract.
Meanwhile, David Baingana, a director in PEB, told The Observer that Stephen Chebrot, the minister of state for Transport, was not being honest when he feigned ignorance of PEB while in Parliament last week. Chebrot told Parliament's committee on Public Service and Local Government that PEB is a faceless company and will not be allowed to commence its services before getting clearance from the line ministry.

The minister also said his ministry has to inspect the buses before they begin operations, drivers have to be subjected to tests [to assess] their competence and the required road infrastructure has to be in place. Baingana said while the minister might be new in the ministry, there is correspondence between PEB and the ministry, which he should have studied by now.

"Yes, he is new, but you cannot say he does not know anything about Pioneer. There are files in his ministry; there are commissioners there that we have dealt with. The minister is not being honest", Baingana said.

He added that the drivers had undergone the necessary driving tests.

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Discussion Starter #90
Uganda Business News: MPs Tour Pioneer Buses Set For Kampala Transportation

Some of the Pioneer buses set to provide transportation services in Kampala.

Ultimate Media

Members of Parliament have today inspected some of the buses expected to ply the city routes, owned by Pioneer Easy Bus Company.

The MPs were taken to a Naguru based bond, which has at least 55 buses.

The Bus Company Chief commercial Officer John Masanda says there are a total of 100 buses in the country, admitting that they have not yet been registered for operations.

Masanda admits that the buses will not be able to commence operations tomorrow as earlier planned, pending a parliamentary inquiry into.

The chairperson of parliament’s committee on local governments Florence Kintu says they are awaiting a report from the Transport licensing board before making a final decision on the operations of the buses.

Mukono Municipality MP, Betty Namboze has however questioned the capacity of the buses, which have sitting capacity of 31 people and a reported standing capacity of 30 people.

Namboze says they are too small and may not provide the expected relief to the passengers.

The operations of the buses have been delayed by queries into their contract and lack of coordination between KCCA and the ministry of transport, among other issues.

All stakeholders in the sector are scheduled to meet tomorrow, after which Parliament will be expected to make a final report on the matter.

Uganda Government News: KCCA Consider New City Development Plan

Ultimate Media

Kampala capital city authority has begun working on the city master physical plan with schools and markets likely to be taken out of the centre.

In partnership with four consultancy companies, the authority is currently looking at how all stakeholders can help in coming up with a harmonized plan.

According to the acting director physical planning, Joseph Ssemambo, some of the things that need to look at keenly are markets and schools.

He says that under the plan, residential areas, industrial and business areas will clearly be marked.

Ssemambo is hopeful that the plan will be ready for implementation by November.

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Discussion Starter #91
MPs okay bus project

Chairperson of the Local Government Committee Florence Kintu (L) with MP Roland Mugume during the inspection of the buses in Naguru yesterday. Photo by GEOFFREY SSERUYANGE

By Mercy Nalugo (email the author)

Posted Thursday, March 1 2012 at 00:00

Legislators agreed that all stakeholders be brought on board to streamline all issues before the buses hit the road.

MPs on the parliamentary Public Service and Local Government committees have backed the Pioneer Easy Bus (PEB) project and called on the Works ministry to hasten the process of inspecting and issuing the buses with operational licenses.

PEB, a private company, was cleared by Kampala Capital City Authority to introduce more than 500 buses in the country in a bid to decongest the city.

The legislators, during a fact- finding inspection of the buses in Naguru yesterday, also demanded that other stakeholders be brought on board before the buses can start operations.

“We all like the buses and they should begin work. What we wanted to do is confirm whether the buses were actually imported into the country. We, however, want all stakeholders to be brought on board,” Ms Florence Kintu, the committee chairperson, said.

She added: “The Ministry of Works will inspect the buses and offer you a licence so that the new contract is granted.”

Mr Roland Mugume (Rukungiri Municipality) asked KCCA to approve the lanes for the buses.

The committee is today scheduled to meet all the stakeholders including KCCA, PEB management and Works ministry officials to come up with a common position before the buses can be cleared.

Mukono Municipality MP Betty Nambooze, however, said PEB must adhere to the statutory instrument number seven that regulates bus services in the country. She said the buses agreed to in the statutory instrument with a 60-seater capacity were not those that were imported into the country.

But the operations manager, Mr Jabbe Pascal Osinde, insisted that the buses are standard urban specifications that carry 30 passengers seats while 30 passengers stand.
“They are a standard equipment used worldwide and they are the best we could get for Kampala,” Mr Osinde said.

Ms Nambooze threatened to write a minority report if her concerns are not accommodated in the main report.

Responding to MPs’ queries that the bus drivers lack the necessary requirements for them to operate, the PEB chief executive officer, Mr John Masanda, said they had recruited and trained about 600 drivers.

Mr Masanda commended the work of the committee, saying it had helped them streamline their operations.

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Discussion Starter #93 (Edited)
Kampala Drainage Construction

MPs tour Pioneer Easy buses
Publish Date: Mar 01, 2012

The number of buses is still unclear, according to the legislators. File photo
By Joyce Namutebi

THE parliamentary committee on public service and local government on Wednesday failed to see all the 100 buses said to have been imported by Pioneer Easy Bus Company to operate in Kampala.

Led by the committee chairperson, Florence Kintu, the MPs inspected buses parked at a Naguru bond and others in a bond near Kisekka Market in Kampala.

They, however, could not proceed to another bond said to be in Kireka having 21 buses because the committee clerk said he had a lot of work to accomplish before the committees sitting on Thursday.

The Thursday meeting is expected to be the last meeting with stakeholders to enable the committee compile its report for presentation in Parliament.

Kintu explained to the company's chief commercial officer, John Masanda and other officials that the objective of the visit was for members to see the buses, but that they were not responsible for inspection of the facilities.

Inspection of facilities, she said, was the work of the Transport License Board.

She urged the company to involve other local governments where buses will operate such as Wakiso and Mukono other than KCCA. She ruled out expectations that the buses start operating today (Thursday).

After inspection of the two bond facilities, MPs were however, divided on the actual number of buses they had counted.

Among the issues the MPs discussed with the company officials was the issue of security in the buses, the charges to be paid and whether they had trained drivers.

Mukono Municipality MP, Betty Nambooze after inspection, said they were not buses but coasters.

She disagreed with the officers that the buses could accommodate 61 people and requested them to make adjustments for the comfort of passengers.

Nambooze said she had counted 65 buses but company officials said there were 75 buses in the two car bonds.

Kenneth Omona warned the company against flouting government procedures.

Masanda revealed that out of the 600 drivers who had been recruited, only eight had had the required training. He said they had to pay to train the rest.

He said that in the next batch of buses to be imported, they would install CCTV cameras in them.

Pioneer Operations Manager, Jabbe Pascal Osinde told MPs that the Yutonga buses manufactured in China "are the best buses we can have on our roads."

The buses, he said, are environmentally friendly.

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Discussion Starter #94
National Buses, signs of a new order in Uganda?
Publish Date: Mar 01, 2012

By Kalungi Kabuye

Incredibly, many Ugandans are afraid of the coming of buses to Kampala. So much so that when it was announced that the Easy Pioneer buses were in Mombasa, the social network (facebook and twitter) came alive with protests.

“I won’t board them, never,” wrote one.

“I hate buses, and the only time I boarded one was when going to Kabale to visit my ex-boyfriends family,” wrote another. “Every time I see a bus reminds me of the cheating bastard.”

“Buses are dirty and the people in them are dirty,” yet another one wrote, “and besides, they are always having accidents and killing people.”

“Won’t they live us a few boda bodas and taxis, at least? We are used to those,” was another’s cry.

This all just goes to show just how long it has been since there was any order in Ugandan society. A whole generation has grown up in the senseless, disorderly society that Uganda has become; why then would a person be so afraid of buses, which we hope should bring about the first semblance of order in our society?

The argument that every functioning, modern city in the world has a bus transport system did not wash. Which brings us to an amazing conclusion, that Ugandans are actually afraid of order. We are so used to the chaos that is Ugandan society that we are comfortable with it.

But having a regular, functioning bus service could bring about the first positive, orderly changes in our society. These are some of the ways:

- More reliable time keeping: the worst part of Kampala taxis is they wait to fill up with passengers before going anywhere. They can do this three or four times before you get to your destination, which means you can spend an hour over a distance that should have taken 10 minutes. With the bus, you can actually estimate your journey’s duration, and get to work, or anywhere, on time, no more waiting for it to fill up. Can you imagine a Uganda where people actually keep time?

- Real ‘stages’: taxis have their stages, which means where they gather and load passengers. This may be anywhere they find convenient, from the middle of the road to just after a busy junction, creating havoc for other drivers. But buses will have real, established stages which will not create chaos. So Ugandans will know that to get a bus, they will have to be at a certain place, not just anywhere a taxi can stop. And walking a little distance to get to the stage won’t hurt, either

- No more ‘maaso awo ssebo’: the usual way taxi passengers disembark is by shouting to the driver ‘maaso awo’, literally meaning ‘I get off there’, which causes the driver to stop anywhere, and anyhow. This time they will have to stop at ‘real stages’ (see above), and that will add to discipline and order.

- Fewer traffic jams with bus lanes: most of the traffic jams in Kampala are caused by taxi drivers, who do not respect driving lanes, and will try and overtake other cars at a glimpse of congestion, creating more lanes and making it even worse. With the creation of bus lanes, buses should be able to get to their destinations easily. Hopefully this also teach other Ugandan drivers more discipline.

- Cheaper fares: buses cost less that taxis, and they will not raise fares because it is raining or there is a traffic jam. With bus fares at a constant, you can budget for your transport and keep to it, teaching Ugandans some financial discipline. You can also pay for a weekly or monthly ticket, again a boost to our financial planning.

- Less traffic congestion: with buses you don’t have to drive everywhere you go, as Ugandans are wont to do. You can park in Ntinda, for example, take a bus to work, and afterwards take a bus back to Ntinda, pick up your car and go home. So fewer cars in central Kampala, less congestion, and fewer traffic jams. And of course car owners will save on fuel, and maintenance.

- Ugandan taxis are notoriously dirty, as are their drivers and conductors. With buses people will not be afraid of catching some dirty disease, so more people will use them rather than drive.

- Can you imagine a Kampala without taxi conductors yelling for passengers? No more ‘omu yeka agenda’. That will really be bliss

- Less speeding and thus fewer accidents: buses will not be racing each other to get passengers so they will not need to drive fast.

- Safety: to those going out till late at night, assuming the buses will offer 24-hour services, getting home should be a lot safer, and cheaper. No more boda bodas that can stop at the first dark patch and rob you clean.

There are a thousand more reasons why we should use buses, but the picture of Ugandan lining up to board a bus will go a long way in making them realise that for society to develop, some order is needed. Can’t wait for them to start operation..

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Discussion Starter #96
Uganda Government News: KCCA Asks For 200 Billions To Transform Kampala
First published: 20120301 10:56:15 PM EST

KCCA asks for 200 billions to transform Kampala

Ultimate Media

Kampala Capital City Authority says it needs annual funding of Shs 200 billion for 5 consecutive years, to fully transform the city roads.

Addressing the media today, the city Director of Engineering and Works Eng. Andrew Kitaka says the available funding only amounts to 20% of what is required and cannot do much.

Eng. Kitaka says most of the roads in the city need total overhaul, which requires more funding.

KCCA however says it is to begin works on some roads especially in the Central business district, with some being patched up while others will be constructed afresh.

The roads which will be fixed first include Ben Kiwanuka Street, Button Street, 6th Street in Industrial area and the roads around the taxi parks among others.

The authority has contracted over 500 men and women who are tasked with clearing the city drainage system of garbage.

Eng. Andrew Kitaka says the drainage system would be effective in some parts of the city if it wasn’t blocked by garbage.

The steps being undertaken are expected to make transport in the city bearable as the rains, usually marked with heavy flooding set in.

KCCA starts repairs on drainage channels
Publish Date: Mar 02, 2012

KCCA looks to improve the drainage system around the city. (File photo)
By Francis Kagolo and John Kato

Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) has contracted two companies to repair and de-silt drainage channels in all flood-prone areas around the city.

The sh5.3b project is aimed at averting floods ahead of the heavy rains expected to start this month.

Eng. Andrew Kitaka, the KCCA director in charge of engineering and technical services, said Omega Consults and Prime Contractors would also replace broken culverts and drainage systems where possible.

"Kampala's drainage systems were designed decades ago yet the city gets built up over time which increases surface run-off water whenever it rains," Kitaka told the press at the Media Centre in Kampala on Thursday.

"Most of the drainage channels are clogged with silt and rubbish. All this has been contributing to floods."

The key floods black spots that are scheduled to be worked on first include Luthuli Avenue, Queen's way and Jinja Road-Wampewo roundabout.

Others include Bwaise trading centre, Kawala road (Nsooba) and Mambule road in Kawempe division.

In Makindye division, the city authority promised to work on drainage channels along Hanlon Road in Kibuye I parish, Mukwano Road, Namuwongo Road and the surrounding slums.

Omega was allocated sh4.18b while Prime Contractors is to get sh1.13b. Kitaka explained that the project was only waiting for the recruitment of a supervisor to start; a process he said would take one week.

The two contractors are in addition to the 500 workers whom KCCA has deployed across the city to clean drainage channels, 300 of whom operate in Makindye division.

Kawempe has 33 workers while Nakawa, Rubaga and Central divisionS have about 50 workers each.

Roads revamp

Meanwhile, Kitaka reiterated KCCA's quest for sh1trillion to overhaul the city's road network in the next five years.

The money is needed for the reconstruction of 1,100km of roads and tarmacking 35% of murrum roads.

KCC has a road network of 1,500 kilometers. This includes 340km of tarmac roads, 760km of murrum and 400km of community and private roads. The city has a size of 195 square miles.

However, Kitaka lamented that they only get 20% of the sh200b needed every financial year to rehabilitate the road network in five years.

The Authority got sh43b from the central government this financial year.

"We shall try to make the main roads motorable until we get all the money to do the comprehensive work," said the city engineering director.

KCCA's intervention to improve the drainage system comes amidst public outcry over floods which hit most parts of the city, mainly slums, whenever it rains heavily.

Two people, a man and a woman, died in November last year when their motorcycle was swept away by floods during an afternoon downpour in the city. The police said the victims, a bodaboda operator and a client, were riding in the rain on the Katwe-Kalitunsi road.

Dozens of other city dwellers have died while many have lost property worth millions over the years due to floods.

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Serbian company to build roads in Uganda
03. March 2012. | 10:07

Source: Tanjug

Serbian construction company Energoprojekt - Niskogradnja has signed a EUR 5.6 million contract to overhaul three roads in Uganda.

Serbian construction company Energoprojekt - Niskogradnja has signed a EUR 5.6 million contract to overhaul three roads in Uganda.

Representatives of Energoprojekt - Niskogradnja and the Kampala city authorities signed a deal in February for works on nine kilometers of road.

The project deadline is December 31 this year, web portal eKapija has reported.

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Discussion Starter #98
Road Construction
this road was paved but it was terrible loads of potholes and it was uneven so kcca has taken of the entire road from the core and is in the process of reconstructing it . this will leave a better fresh much smoother road that will last many years.


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Pioneer Easy Bus Now Operational In Kampala
The Buses have started operating on all the major main roads that lead to Kampala city centre . This is the first 100 buses to be exact . each buses has a security guard ticket attendant and driver the buses standard charge is 800 shillings about 50 cents this is very affordable to the poor in Kampala.

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