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èđđeůx;98970399 said:
Really? That's crazy. Stats for Kampala are so outdated. Many sources list it at below 2.5 million but of course that's probably a severe underestimate. A precise number is needed to figure out who is without proper sanitation and so on.

We'll know for sure in this year's census.:yes:
I always thought that figure is correct given the density of Uganda and the southern part in particular.
 

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KCCA to construct 800,000 housing units
Publish Date: Jan 13, 2013

An artistic impression of the proposed Institutional Housing in Old Kampala
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By Brian Mayanja


KAMPALA Capital City Authority (KCCA) has unveiled a plan to construct about 800,000 affordable housing units for low income earners in the city.

According to Joseph Semambo, KCCA’s director for physical planning, the housing units will be constructed in Naguru, Nakawa, the doctors’ village in Mulago and at Old Kampala SS. Other areas are Kireka, Bukerere, Namanve and Nsambya Railways, Nsambya Police Barracks, Temangalo and Mbalala-Mukono.

At Naguru, the Government is planning to construct 1,747 housing units, 2,500 units at the doctors’ village Mulago, 329 units in Kireka and 350 units in Bukerere. It will also construct 1,000 units in Mukono, 5,000 units in Temangalo and 240 units at Old Kampala SS. The units at Old Kampala SS will be specifically for teachers working in the city, while those at the doctors’ village, Mulago will be for doctors.

The whole project is contained in the Kampala Physical Development Plan (KPDP), which covers the city’s development between 2012 and 2040.

In the plan, there is a proposal to construct 550,000 housing units of both reasonable high standard and basic standards by 2021 to meet projected high population growth.

The $20b project will require that the rate of construction of non–muzigo housing be doubled and that all such additional con-struction be of reasonable standard.

Agnes Kadama Kalibbala, the director of housing, in the lands ministry, told New Vision that the ministry is partnering with KCCA to construct houses for health workers on a 40 acre piece of land at Mulago.

“We are also planning to construct housing units for teachers on a six-acre piece of land at Old Kampala SS. KCCA and the lands ministry are working closely to develop the site and architectural plans,” she said.

Kalibabala also noted that service providers like UMEME, National Water and Sewerage Corporation, Uganda National Road Fund would develop infrastructure in the areas.

According to her, KCCA will be the landlord. These projects, she note, will commence in the financial year starting July and they are expected to be completed in three years.

“Preparatory work is ongoing. We have already submitted the proposal to the finance ministry for consideration and approval,” she said.

About the amount of rent, Kalibbala noted that the proposal is to charge sh200,000 for a one-bedroom flat, sh300,000 for a two-bedroom flat and sh400,000 for a three-bedroom flat per month.


A graphic showing the KCCA proposed housing units. Inset are artistic impressions of the housing units. Graphic by Brian Ssekamate

“Rent will be collected as per the salary scales of the beneficiaries. It will be at a subsidised rate as compared to the market rate,” she explained.

Kalibbala also said President Yoweri Museveni, in his new year’s message, commented on the project as a promise to improve the welfare of teachers and medical workers, who are facing acute shortage of housing facilities near their work premises.

“After a successful completion of these two projects, the Government intends to replicate these plans in other areas,” Kalibbala said.

Semambo added that the houses will also have parking space and recreational areas.

Lands minister Daudi Migereko says the projects will be implemented through a public private partnership venture, where a private developer will be expected to inject funds for construction as well as affordable technologies.

The Government, he said, would run adverts for interested companies to apply.

Kalibbala said all procedures would follow the Government procurement procedures in line with the Public Procurement and Disposal of Assets Act.

“We shall advertise as soon as the finance ministry approves the project. Both international and local firms are encouraged to apply,” she noted.

According to KPDP, investments of these projects should be financed entirely by the private sector since the Government is offering land, infrastructure and technical support.

The Government shall introduce a concept of Build Operate and Transfer (BOT). This means the private developers will build these houses, operate them temporarily on agreed terms and after that the developers transfer the properties to the administration of Mulago Hospital and the education ministry respectively.

“We expect these institutions to hire property managers, who will maintain and manage these projects profes¬sionally,” Kalibbala said.

However KPDP points out that the land tenure system and poverty have made it hard for the Kampala housing property market to meet its current needs.

It also points out that poverty in the city and the consequent low level of household income, severely compounded by the weight of expenditure on education and transportation.
 

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UTODA eyes buses
THURSDAY, 31 JANUARY 2013 15:03 BY JULIUS BUSINGE

Experts call for major reforms if effective bus services are to succeed in Kampala

It takes a very courageous businessman to invest in a bus service in Kampala city. As Pioneer Easy Bus has come to find out, it is a very risky venture. The new bus company, which has been in operation for barely a year, is virtually limping. Urban transport experts cannot agree more.

“If I had money I wouldn’t invest in the bus service in Kampala,” says Amin Tamale Kiggundu, an urban expert and lecturer at Makerere University.

Kiggundu told The Independent on Jan. 22 that due to several investment risks in the sector, it is very hard for any operator to run a profitable public transport service involving buses. The risk factors include heavy traffic gridlocks in the city - worsened by lack of bus lanes - a volatile economy, competition from thousands of commuter taxis and the lack of effective institutions to oversee and regulate the industry.


However, the Uganda Taxi Operators and Drivers Association (UTODA), the body in charge of the myriad of taxis that ply the city, is willing to bite the bullet and operate hundreds of buses in the city.



Backed by a 25-year experience of managing 14-seater taxis, UTODA thinks it could fare better than Pioneer Easy buses.

On Jan. 3, 2013, UTODA wrote to KCCA with a copy to the minister responsible for Kampala among others, notifying them of a new bus that started operating on Jan.10 as part of their “consultative meetings with all the stakeholders in the transport industry in the Greater Kampala Metropolitan area.”

In an interview with The Independent on Jan. 23 Emmanuel Tibaijuka, UTODA’s secretary for development and planning, confirmed their interest in bus operations in the city. “We have been in the transport industry for a long time and we hope that will be applied onto the new business to ensure it is profitable and successful,” he said.

UTODA hopes to import hundreds of buses with a capacity of 77 passengers – slightly more than Pioneer’s 61 - from India, China and Japan. The lone bus on the streets is being used as part of “a pilot study.”

However, Kiggundu warned UTODA that a bus service is a completely different ball game from taxi service.

“You need to phase out commuter taxis completely if you are to operate profitably,” he says, adding that would take a long time to achieve.

Kiggundu highly doubted that UTODA would succeed in a city where other investors have failed.

Tibaijuka admitted that the investment risks were real and a major “challenge” but they would continue with the plan.

Pioneer, which has been beset with management wrangles and liquidity problems in recent months, is contracted to operate on the Eastern and Western routes. UTODA hopes to take over the Northern and Southern routes.

But also on the cards is a potential merger between the two companies, which Tibaijuka confirmed, saying there had been contact. “We are sure they will [join us],” he said. “If they don’t, the competition will force them to. Good enough Fred Senoga, their former director, is already with us.”

However, a top Pioneer Easy Bus official dismissed this as a misrepresentation.

“We had a meeting with them in October 2012 to find a way of sharing our infrastructure especially bus shelters with their taxis. It was not about sharing the bus business,” said John Masanda, the chief commercial officer. “Otherwise we welcome them in the industry so that when there is pain we feel it together, when there is joy we do the same.”

On their source of funding, Tibaijuka said the business is owned and is to be financed by the over 5, 000 UTODA members who include drivers, conductors, passengers, and other individuals. These are entitled to a minimum of 48 shares, each valued at Shs 20, 000. Asked to explain how the buses and rival commuter taxis would operate on the same roads when they are owned by the same institution, Tibaijuka said: “We will give ample time to the taxis to phase out. But that does not mean that they won’t work, they can go somewhere else where the buses won’t be operating.”

However, KCCA said they had not received any formal communication from UTODA expressing interest in running a bus service in the city.

“We will give them due guidance when they inform us,” Peter Kaujju, the authority’s publicist said.

While KCCA had given Pioneer the go ahead by signing formal contract, the company is still struggling with the authorities. Last year, Parliament instituted an inquiry, which the company’s officials say had affected their operations and put their future at stake. The parliamentary committee’s report gave the Authority up to January 13, 2013 to review the contract with Pioneer, but KCCA is still studying the report.

The outcome of this exercise will be keenly watched by UTODA and other investors who might be interested in the industry as it will have a huge impact on all prospective investors in the sector. Masanda said their future plans were being hampered as they await KCCA to make a decision. “You can’t continue to invest in an industry when you are not sure of the future,” he said. Going forward, Kigundu said the government should adopt public private partnership arrangement if public transport in the city is to improve for the benefit of the people.
 

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Under repair New Taxi Park reopens 'in June'
Publish Date: Mar 07, 2013


By Darious Magara & Juliet Waiswa

The New Taxi Park carpet will be ready by June, contractors carrying out the works have confirmed.

In September last year, Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) evicted vendors from the park, razing all lock-up shops in the park to pave way for its redevelopment.

“Construction works are on course and we shall be ready by June to allow the other developers and the taxi operators to use the park,” Yusuf Saleh, the project manager said.

“We shall allow taxis to load and off load passengers as the contractors of the shops carry out their work,” he added.

Saleh said this on Monday while taking the KCCA executive director Jennifer Musisi around the taxi park. KCCA offered Sterling Civil engineering an 18-months contract to renovate the park floor at a cost of sh4.8bn.

It provided three alternative areas where taxis are currently operating. These include Namayiba, Nakivubo and Kisenyi bus terminals.

Sterling was supposed to finish the work by July, 2013.

The Kampala city minister and minister for the presidency, Frank Tumwebaze, said the completion of the New taxi park project is one of the development agendas that the Government has lined up to revamp the status of the city.

He said they have plans, not only to improve on the physical infrastructure of the city, but also to organize the transport sector to make Kampala a beautiful city to work and live in.

The new park, when complete, will have designated stages, waiting bays, a police post, toilet facilities, three entrances and exit points.
 

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KCCA cuts down 100-year-old trees to expand Kabakanjagala Road


A man cuts down trees on Kabakanjagala Road in Mengo in preparation for expansion for road. Buganda Kingdom officials and Kampala Capital City Authority say new trees will be replanted to replace the ones being felled down. PHOTO BY RACHEL MABALA.

By ABDU KIYAGA

Posted Saturday, March 16 2013 at 02:00
IN SUMMARY

The 70 trees, each allocated to a clan in Buganda, are being cut down in a move critics say is a destruction of heritage.

Kampala

In what appears to be a compromise on nature and environment, KCCA has cut down 70 trees to pave way for the expansion and renovation of Kabakanjagala Road.

The candlenut trees, which have been in place for more than 100 years on the 1km stretch between the Kabaka’s Palace and Bulange, a city suburb, will be cut down in a Shs4.2 billion road project that will last eight months.
Lubaga Division Mayor Joyce Ssebuggwawo said the decision to cut down the trees was reached during a Wednesday meeting with Buganda Kingdom officials.

Justification
She, however, said the roundabout will be preserved and reconstructed to meet the standard of a city infrastructure. “A budget has been put aside to procure new good species of kabakanjagala (candlenut trees) from National Forestry Authority to replant them on the road after construction is done,” Ms Ssebuggwawo said in a joint press conference with the Buganda Kingdom premier J.B Walusimbi.

After the restoration of kingdoms in 1993, Buganda Kingdom allocated each of the trees to different clans in the kingdom. “They will continue to be used as symbols by the clans of Buganda and their totems embalmed on the trees,” Ms Ssebuggwawo. She added: “We also budgeted for the beautification and greening of the Royal Mailo after it has been constructed. We shall make sure that we restore its beauty and keep it clean.”

Asked on whether the move to cut down the trees would not spark protest in Buganda, Ms Ssebuggwawo said: “No one will have to complain because even when we were allocating the trees to the clans, we did not consult any one.” “They should wait because what we are going to put back is way better than what has been existing.”

Mr Walusimbi said the area has been identified as a potential tourist attraction site and therefore people should stay calm. “We are going to place totem sculptures on each of the new trees rather than the existing placards,” he said. Mr Walusimbi said the trees are old and some have dried up and yet “we have agreed that the place should be beautified”.

Mr Robert Tumwesigye, a Programme Officer at Uganda’s Historic Building Conservation Trust says that the move is not viable considering the historic value attached to the trees. “I don’t know whether the parties carried out any heritage impact assessment to know whether there could be an alternative than doing away with the trees or not. I just think it is not right,” Mr Tumwesigye said.
 

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Uganda: Kampala Roads Upgraded
BY ERIOSI NANTABA, 25 MARCH 2013

Kampala — The upgrading of the Ush18b ($6.9m) roads by Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) in Kawempe (located 5 miles north of Kampala city) has created a marked trade boost in the area.

According to Peter Kaujju the spokesperson of KCCA, the road that is in its final stages of construction has opened a good transport network and business opportunities for the people in the region.

"The road has contributed greatly to traffic decongestion along the major routes of Gayaza-Kampala and Bombo road in the morning and evening hours," he noted. Persons are looking to investing along the road."

In a bid to reduce traffic bottlenecks in the city, the World Bank gave KCCA Ush18b to pave three roads in Nakawa and Kawempe divisions. The money is a boost to the Ush45b ($17m) allocated by central government this financial year towards maintaining city roads.

The roads under upgrade include the Kalerwe - Ttula road (3.3km) and Kawempe - Mpererwe (2.6km). The other road is the Bukoto - Kisaasi road (3km). While launching the road works in April last year, KCCA Executive Director Jennifer Musisi said the roads would be built to modern standards, and completed in ten months by Energo Construction Company.
 

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Kabakanjagala Road under construction
Publish Date: Apr 25, 2013

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By Samuel Balagadde

Kabakanjagala Road is a road laden with history. It connects Mengo Palace to Buganda’s government seat, Bulange. However, in the recent past, this road has been more famous for forever being potholed than for being trekked upon by royal feet.

Fortunately, royals and subjects alike can enjoy smooth rides since Kampala Capital City Authority has embarked on reconstructing the dilapidated road.

The sh6.8b reconstruction works by Stirling Construction Company that commenced last month are expected to last eight months.

The project also involves the reconstruction of two other roads; Nabunnya and Ssekabaka Kintu.

The project has seen the felling of the decades-old kabakanjagala trees (which give the road its name) to enable the expansion works for this road.

Peter Kaujju, the KCCA spokesperson said several other city-centre and divisional roads are being reconstructed while others have already been repaired and upgraded in order to reduce mud and dust and ease the flow of traffic.

Other roads under reconstruction include Lourdel Road in the Wandegeya suburb.


KCCA to get sh33.5b for city roads
Publish Date: Apr 25, 2013


The ministry of Works and Transport has earmarked sh33.5b to repair and maintain city roads in the next fiscal year.

Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) will also use the money to work on various roads, streets and highways in the five divisions of Kampala City.

Works minister Abraham Byandala said the money will focus mainly on bad spots on the roads.

Byandala told MPs on Physical Infrastructure Committee that the money will only cater for city roads and not those within the Kampala Metropolitan area.

“We know there are a number of roads that seriously need to be worked on. But this money is only for city roads,” he said.

He was responding to concerns raised by MPs on the state of city roads and the ministry’s plan to rehabilitate them.

MP Ibrahim Ssemujju complained that the ministry of works had neglected city roads and handed them to KCCA which had no adequate funds.

Other MPs however complained that KCCA in the last financial year was given sh29b for road repairs but only sh7b was spent by December2012.

The MPs wondered whether the Ministry of Works had the mechanisms to supervise and monitor KCCA by ensuring there is value for money spent.

“How will the ministry ensure value for money yet the sector does not supervise KCCA?” MP Waira Majegere asked.

During the meeting, the MPs complained that the ministry supplied “junk” district road equipment which they said, were already down barely two years down the road.

MP Amos Mandera said, “people at the districts are already complaining that the equipment were junk from India. Right now they are grounded and have not done the work they were purchased to do.”

His arguments were supported by Ssemujju who said the districts had no fuel to run the equipment.

Last year government supplied road equipment, comprising of dump trucks, graders, wheel loaders, excavators, dozers and low bed loaders supplied by FAW, a Chinese firm to provide the answer to the poor state of roads.

State Minister for Works John Byabagambi blamed the district officials for spoiling the machines saying the use them for heavy duties.

Byabagambi said he is on a countrywide tour of the districts to check the conditions and the performance of the equipment.

“I have got this complaint from almost all the districts I have visited. But the problem is with the district officials who use the machines for heavy work for example demolishing buildings, uprooting trees yet the machines are only meant for light work,” he said.

Byabagambi said the ministry had requested the ministry of Finance for about sh50b for more equipment.
 

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Kireka slum to be upgraded into estate
Publish Date: Apr 27, 2013

By Wilfred Sanya and David Sempijja

KAMPALA - National Housing and Construction Corporation (NHCC) is to construct 3,000 units at Kireka slum in Wakiso district, in a move to upgrade slums around Kampala city.

The chairperson of National Housing, Ambassador Agnes Kalibbala, said the Government acquired 320 acres of land in Kireka and sold off 49 acres to the Police.

“The Government will provide infrastructure like roads, water and electricity to help the developer to move faster, in addition to luring private investors to participate in the project,” said Kalibbala.

She made the disclosure during a meeting attended by members of the community and the political leaders. It was organised by the lands ministry, in conjunction with National Housing.

Kalibbala noted that they had earmarked sh5b for the project, pending discussions to agree on the suitable designs of the units.

Kireka slum is occupied by about 40,000 families, in addition to a Police Special Investigations Unit and barracks.

“The houses will be built and sold to the people on a mortgage scheme,ranging from 15% to 20%. This will be the first project in which residents are involved during the construction,” Kalibbala added.

She disclosed that the first set of houses to be built will be for the low-income earners. The estate will also have a school, health centre, recreation centre and a shopping area.

The project is being supported by Slum Developers International in addition to other NGOs.

Lands minister Daudi Migereko said the move was one of the Government’s plans to improve people’s standards of living by curbing the high housing shortage in the country, which stands at over 1.6 million housing units.



KCCA To Modernize Kampala Markets

Kampala City Council Authority is set to construct five modernized markets around the city and rehabilitate all those in a poor state.

Nakasero Market Kampala

“We are fighting to see all the vendors who are still working on the streets get space in these markets and leave the streets this financial year. So that’s why we want to construct more modernized markets,” noted Peter Kaujju, Public Relations Officer KCCA.

Some of the markets which are already under construction include the Wandegeya market which according to the facility consultant will be ready by October 30, 2013. “The esteemed number of beneficiaries is 1400 people,” noted to the consultant.

Kaujju added: “The Busega market land was procured and its ready for re-development by BADEA which will be funding the project. USAFI is already operating. Furthermore a new open market in Kisenyi developed by a private investor using BADEA funds has been commissioned by KCCA to be occupied.”

The new markets will be constructed in Kasubi, Ntinda, Nakulabye and Nabutiti where a market land title has been secured.

“Any time construction will start in these areas,” he noted.

Meanwhile St. Balikudembe market (Owino) is among the markets that will be rehabilitated because of its congestion.

“Congestion in Owino may be the sole cause of the constant fire out breaks and there is also need for creation of space between one stall and another,” noted Kaujju.

Kaujju asserted that after the construction is done for these markets, they will have enough parking area, wide stalls, children’s care and health facilities fit to be modernized.

He further called upon all the vendors who are still operating on the streets of Kampala to occupy these markets and advised those with small stocks to make groups and get stalls if they do not want KCCA to continue confiscating their property.
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KCCA plans lanes for pedestrians
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By NELSON WESONGA

Posted Wednesday, May 1 2013 at 01:00

Have you been suffering a phobia for walking along city roads? Fear no more, because beginning July, there will be special lanes reserved for you. This is after Kampala Capital City Authority announced plans to implement the development on select streets in Kampala.

The KCCA director for engineering and technical services, Mr Andrew Kitaka, said this was meant to ensure that pedestrians walked “without fear of being knocked by vehicles”. “Majority of poor people walk to and from work. However, some of them are knocked down by moving vehicles. So we found an urgent need to create space for pedestrians,” Eng. Kitaka told Parliament’s Committee on Physical Infrastructure yesterday. He was meeting the committee to brief it on the plans by the authority to decongest the city.

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The streets that will be covered in the pilot phase of the non-motorised transport are Bakuli, Namirembe, Luwum Street and Entebbe roads.

Eng. Kitaka added that the outer lanes, which serve as parking spaces, would be left for the pedestrians whereas the inner lanes would be for vehicle traffic.

“The design for the project should be out by the end of June. We have also put a provision of Shs1.4 billion in next year’s budget for the project,” he said, adding that KCCA would liaise with the police to manage the boda bodas.

However, Bunya South MP Iddi Isabirye said KCCA was being overly ambitious. “My concern is that there are too many plans, which may not be implemented,” he said.
 

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Pioneer buses saved from hammer, trains coming
Publish Date: May 12, 2013


Pioneer Easy Buses will return to Kampala streets following a last minute intervention by President Yoweri Museveni. The president at the weekend supported a proposal halting the impending auction of the Pioneer Easy Buses fleet that is parked at Namboole.

He recommended that the company be allowed to pay the tax arrears in installments and added that he will support another proposal by KCCA to give Pioneer Buses exclusivity on particular routes to enable it maintain low fares for travelers.

According to a State House statement following a weekend meeting with transport service providers, Museveni expressed support for the proposal mooted by the transport ministry.

Museveni also directed the Ministry of transport and that of Finance and economic planning to immediately issue a license to RVR railways to transport passengers and ease the transport problem in the city.

The meeting was attended by security minister Muruli Mukasa and Kampala Capital City Authority executive director Jennifer Musisi. The meeting was also attended by Directors of the Pioneer Bus Company including John Masanda, Albert Muganga, Esther Tayebwa and Oliver Wolff a German Transport consultant.

The Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) was due to auction the buses to recover over sh8.5b arising from unpaid taxes.

“Why tax them in the first place? There is a problem with the government tax policy. If government wants to decongest the city, isn’t it in public interest that people import buses tax free,” he said.


In another proposal, he suggested the cancelling of Pioneer’s debt as long as the company complies with the bus specifications for the city. He said the Ministry of Transport will handle the issue of jurisdiction of the buses into other local governments in the neighboring districts outside KCCA.

“Don’t auction the buses, give them time to pay the taxes. If we can convince the EA countries on the tax exemption,” Museveni said.

The tax law on buses and trucks is governed by EAC law regimes and Uganda will need to seek exemption of taxes on buses from Arusha especially if none of the neighbouring countries can supply the specifications of buses needed in Uganda.

The President said the buses are trying to solve the issue of congestion in the city by providing vehicles with wider bodies without many engines.

“We should not look at this as a tax measure rather as helping us solve a problem,” he said.

The President was however against guaranteeing a loan for Pioneer Bus Company saying this is a problem, because if the company fails to pay, it becomes a public debt.

“What we would do is to create a fund from which you can borrow and pay back. But there is something wrong with guaranteeing a loan. Do it on your own so that you are efficient. If you are inefficient you go bankrupt,” he said.

Pioneer Bus company accumulated a debt of Shs 8.5billion in tax arrears as a result of importation of 100 buses as exercise duty, import duty interest etc.

The company directors say they accumulated debts of up to Shs 14billion in loses because they were forced to operate before some concessions with KCCA were put in place. The company helped break a strike of taxi drivers who had held government and travelers at ransom over a row with KCCA by providing transportation together with RVR wagons popularly known as Kayoola.
 

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Bus lanes

Multiplex contract by KCCA lies in balance
Publish Date: May 25, 2013

Multiplex director Eldad Kasiime says they plan to meet KCCA to have their contract amended.
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By Brian Mayanja

KAMPALA - Multiplex Uganda Limited, which manages city street parking, may soon lose its contract with the Kampala Capital City authority (KCCA).

The Government is in the process of signing a concession agreement with Pioneer Easy Bus, which is likely to see the parking lanes allocated to the bus company.

The agreement is being reviewed by Pioneer Easy Bus company, KCCA and the ministries of transport and local government.

According to the Government, the agreement aims at streamlining the operations of the bus company. Part of the agreement states that the current parking spots on Jinja Road, Kampala Road and Bombo Road must be converted into the bus lanes.

According to the agreement, Multiplex will be compensated for the loss of income for the remaining part of its contract.

Sources in KCCA’s directorate of works and engineering told Saturday Vision the authority is considering terminating the contract before the end of this year.

“Multiplex remits little revenue to KCCA. On top of that, there is a plan to decongest the city,” a senior KCCA official said.

The official added that if Multiplex’s contract was terminated, motorists would be banned from parking on the streets and building owners would have to create parking space.

KCCA also plans to introduce a dual line system so that more than three vehicles can use one road, revealed the official.

But KCCA legal officer Charles Ouma said such a decision would only be taken by all the stakeholders.

“Converting parking spots into special lanes is a decision that has to be taken by all the stakeholders, especially the ministry of transport, which is supposed to harmonise the concession agreement,” Ouma explained.

When Saturday Vision contacted Eldad Kasiime, Multiplex’s director in charge of street parking, he said they were aware of the new changes.

He said they would meet KCCA so that their contract is amended to allow them to operate in areas outside bus lanes.

Kasiime, however, said banning motorists from parking on the streets would cripple businesses.

“Don’t expect someone going to deposit billions of shillings in the bank to use buses. The first victim to be affected will be the banking sector,” he explained.

The defunct KCC awarded Multiplex a contract to manage city street parking in 2003. Kasiime declined to reveal how much revenue the firm remits to KCCA.

However, former Kampala mayor Nasser Sebagaala said Multiplex was supposed to remit sh150m every month to the defunct KCC, adding that the firm’s contract is renewed after two years.
 

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KCCA Earmarks Shs 2.45bn On Royal Mile Road
16/07/2013 17:54:00

The Kampala Capital City Authority Executive Director, Jennifer Musisi has revealed that the Royal Mile road (Kabaka anjagala road) is being redesigned by KCCA to suite the modern road system.

“We are not working towards destroying the historical road from Bulange to Twekobe but we are working hand in hand with Buganda Kingdom to ensure that the historical road is redesigned to suite the modern road and drainage pattern,” said Musisi.

During her visit to the Buganda premier, Peter Mayiga, last week, Musisi said KCCA addressed him over the project and he permitted them to uproot and cut down the old trees most of which were already dead so as to put up new imported trees and a better drainage system.

Speaking during a press briefing on Monday at City Hall in Kampala, Musisi assured that the proposal was warmly welcomed by the premier in which every Buganda clan will have to plant its own tree so as to re-instate the old trees.

“The road will be redesigned into a historical mile making it a very attractive tourist attraction, historical site and a source of revenue to the Kingdom of Buganda,” she added.

She, however, noted that the project needs Shs 3.2 bn and so far is to spend Ush 2.45billion.

“We are looking forward to partner with the Kingdom to raise the remaining deficit of Ush 1.2billion,” said Musisi.
 

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New Taxi Park to be handed over to KCCA next month
Publish Date: Aug 10, 2013

New Taxi Park to be handed over to KCCA next month

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By Samuel Balagadde

Contractors of the New Taxi Park are making final touches to the project before it is handed over to the Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) next month.

The contractor, Stirling Civil Engineering, has finalised laying the stone base, the drainage system, concrete carpeting and tarmacking the surface.

KCCA spokesperson Peter Kauju said the contractor is expected to hand over the project soon, adding that the facility is still reserved for public transport vehicles.

Taxis operating in the park were last year relocated to privately-owned city parks to enable the construction works.

Yasin Ssematimba, the chairperson of the taxi park stage co-coordinating committee, said streamlining taxi parks will greatly minimise robberies in taxis with no permanent stages of operation.

He said they are conducting a registration exercise for all taxis and drivers operating in Kampala for security purposes.
 

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No food vendors in revamped New Taxi ParkPublish Date: Oct 03, 2013
No food vendors in revamped New Taxi Park

KCCA Executive Director Jeniffer Musisi inspecting construction work in the New Taxi Park on September 26, 2013. The park is set for reopening on October 8. PHOTO/Abu Mwesigwa
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By Juliet Waiswa

The refurbished New Taxi Park will officially open on October 8, next Tuesday, the Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) executive director, Jennifer Musisi says.

Contractors working on the taxi park had anticipated that it would be ready for reopening by July this year but management came up with new designs which led to the delays.

The park was closed last year for a facelift due to poor drainage, congestion, among other issues.


The park has been closed for reconstruction for about a year now. PHOTO/Ronnie Kijjambu

According to KCCA’s Musisi, food vendors and hawkers will not be allowed in the park as one of the measures put in place to “maintain hygiene and standards in the park”.

The expanded complex will now accommodate close to 700 vehicles.

In September last year Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) evicted vendors from the New Taxi Park, putting down all lock ups in the park to pave way for its redevelopment.

The contractor, Sterling was given a period running from October 1, 2012 to July, 2013 to do the job but there were delays factored by, among other obstacles, resistance from the traders as they wanted KCCA to find them space to relocate.


An aerial view of part of the New Taxi Park to be opened on October 8. PHOTO/Ronnie Kijjambu

The park has designated stages, strong lighting, waiting bays, a police post, toilet facilities, three entrances and exit points.

The redeveloped park also has shelters were passengers will be allowed to wait for taxis unlike before. It will also have gazetted stages to load and off load passengers.

The same contractors are expected to start work on lock ups and shops which were surrounding the park.


Workers demarcate space that commuter taxis will be occupying after reopening. PHOTO/Ronnie Kijjambu

Musisi explained that the Authority came up with a committee of taxi drivers and stage managers who will assist KCCA in managing and controlling movement of vehicles in the park.

“We have a team of drivers and taxi stage managers who are going to KCCA responsible for inspecting the park, maintaining cleanliness and law and order in the park,” she said.
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