Pick pocketing: Police arrests over 300 suspects ahead of Christmas.

Over 300 suspects have been arrested in Kampala metropolitan during operations in different divisions of Kampala aimed at reducing crime on  streets  and make city peaceful during the Christmas festive. The operations are targeting criminals involved in pick pocketing, general thefts, vandalism on streets, pouring acid to motorist in traffic jam, drug abuse and injuring people in the many suburbs of Kampala.
These illegal and criminal activities disorganize and disrupt the smooth running of business in metropolitan area. The operation was carried out by the   divisions of Kampala metropolitan mainly, Katwe police, Kabalagala police, Central police station, Old Kampala, Jinja road, Wandegeya police.

These targeted black spots like Nakivubo channel, Namirembe road, Kisenyi, Katwe Kinyoro, Makerere Kivulu, Kinawataka, Murungo, Ndeeba as well as Kampala streets mainly where thugs used to open motorist cars to steal  different items like laptop, mobile phones and women hand bags. Those areas are commonly identified as the black spots and have always been regarded impassable both during day and night hours.

The operations were commanded by Deputy Kampaala Metropolitan Police Commander Denis Namuwoza who vows not to allow crime exist in city center during the festive season. He adds that most of the suspects were found in most frequented crime spots.

They were found in possession of marijuana, sharp knives, dangerous chemicals, metallic stones used to hit the victims before taking off with their valuables. The suspects are currently detained at different police division pending screening with help of area chairmen. They will later appear in court after screening.

Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson Luke Owoyesigyire said that as the Christmas festive season approaches, all police divisions shall intensify operations in a bid to fight criminal activities in Kampala.

“Research has always shown that crime is always on the increase as festive seasons approach however we won’t  allow criminals to undermine the internal security and peace in Kampala,” says Owoyesigyire. He assured the general public of safety. He also reminded the citizens to take their personal security more seriously as the festive season approaches.

Eng. Mutabazi calls for revision in Kampala city plan

By Alice Lubwama
Poor drainage systems, lack of job opportunities and politicking have been named as some of the major challenges that have seriously affected the development of Kampala as a city.
Now, urban planner from the Uganda road sector support initiative, Sam Mutabazi proposes that the Kampala Capital City Authority act be amended to give more powers to the technocrats , who will plan and transform the city, he adds that the  authorities should  discourage people from trading in places which are not planned because this has created disorder in the city.

“If you ask the mayor the key issues of the city he will say something different, today the president is talking about people not voting for him, but we need to sit together  to discuss and come close to know the biggest issues and how to deal with them.” Mutabazi said.

Mutabazi also notes  that   Kampala‘s first plan  was done in early 50’s and the population by then  was about 100,000 people but since then there has been several plans which have not been fully implemented.

“There has been population explosion in the city without corresponding to the infrastructures, for the growing population to converge in the city with limited infrastructure it puts a lot of strain on the city.’’ Mutabazi added

Engineer Mutabazi said that government should be serious and come up with policies that will insure that people who come to town get job opportunities, warning that if it is not done, the crime rate will rise.

He made these comments as the country joined the the World Cities Day was declared by United Nations to make the world aware that cities are important pillars of human development because
they are engineers of growth.

The overall World Cities Day theme is “Better City, Better Life” and this year’s particular theme is “Building Sustainable and Resilient Cities”.

Cities need support to become resilient and develop their capacity to absorb the impact of hazards, protect and preserve human life and limit damage to and destruction of public and private assets while
continuing to provide infrastructure and services after a crisis.

The day comes as Kampala capital city authority is improving on the road net work.

KCCA has upgraded   five major roads in the city   to improve traffic flow through provision of traffic management infrastructure such as guard rails, signs and the improvements in five junctions.

African Cities: Kampala to invest in Cable Car transportation.

Kampala Capital City authority is looking for 200 million US Dollars to embark on the project to introduce cable cars in a bid to decongest the city of traffic.

“We conducted a feasibility study for cable cars in Kampala and we discovered that it is viable and so we are looking for money to run a pilot project. We are actually very composed and we think it is something that can happen in Kampala”  KCCA spokes person Peter Kauju told Capital reporter.

 

Kampala Capital City authority is looking for 200 million US Dollars to embark on the project to introduce cable cars in a bid to decongest the city of traffic. “We conducted a feasibility study for cable cars in Kampala and we discovered that it is viable and so we are looking for money to run a pilot project. We are actually very composed and we think it is something that can happen in Kampala”  KCCA spokes person Peter Kauju told Capital reporter. uju says under the pilot project, cable cars will run from Bwaise in Kawempe division to the new taxi park in the city center. It’s against this backdrop that Kampala Capital City Authority is organizing an investors’ roundtable conference for September to devise ways to fund the project. “We are making preparations for an investors’ conference to see how we can come up with the financing method or possibility for this project to happen” Kauju said. Kauju says they have contacted several companies that can provide the service of installing cable cars in the city. Cable cars are popular tourist means of transport in the French city of Grenoble. These round gondola lifts with clear glass sides gives one a bird’s eye view of the city. They could be new tourist attractions in Kampala as tourists would have a clear view of the city on the seven hills from the sky. French POMA company ; who are experts in ropeway transport are have been in talks with the authorities in Kampala over a possibility of introducing cable cars in the city as the best solution to transportation without creating congestion. Medhi Caillis the commercial officer for Africa zone says using high technology, 5000 people can be transported per hour using cable transport system that is very fast in terms of speed. Depending on the size of the cabin and speed, the car can take between6-12 people every 10-15 seconds. The system once put in place it would not have any conflict with other traffic users since it is installed in space. According to Caillis, cable system can be installed within 12-18 months making it cheaper. The company cable cars are responsible for transporting 6.5 million passengers per hour in different cities where the company enjoys a worldwide presence. With a worldwide presence in more than 80 countries in western and Eastern Europe, Asia, Africa, South America, Australia and NewZealand, POMA produces 50 lifts every year accounting for a total of 8000 lifts in five continents. Some of the advantages of using cable cars are that they give a high level of passenger safety, they do not emit fumes, use clean electricity contributing little to air pollution, operate in a quiet manner saving the public from noise pollution and can serve challenging terrain. They require less time and money to implement. To have cable cars running little land is required and there is no need to excavate the ground. However, much as cable cars provide high quality transport experience, they don’t serve many passengers as a bus or a taxi would or better yet a train. A cable car service could be disrupted due to bad weather especially extreme winds since they are pulled by cables that are elevated from one tower to another. Reporter: Gloria Nakiyimba

Kampala Capital City authority is looking for 200 million US Dollars to embark on the project to introduce cable cars in a bid to decongest the city of traffic.

“We conducted a feasibility study for cable cars in Kampala and we discovered that it is viable and so we are looking for money to run a pilot project.

We are actually very composed and we think it is something that can happen in Kampala”  KCCA spokes person Peter Kauju told Capital reporter. uju says under the pilot project, cable cars will run from Bwaise in Kawempe division to the new taxi park in the city center.

It’s against this backdrop that Kampala Capital City Authority is organizing an investors’ roundtable conference for September to devise ways to fund the project.

“We are making preparations for an investors’ conference to see how we can come up with the financing method or possibility for this project to happen” Kauju said.

Kauju says they have contacted several companies that can provide the service of installing cable cars in the city.

Cable cars are popular tourist means of transport in the French city of Grenoble. These round gondola lifts with clear glass sides gives one a bird’s eye view of the city. They could be new tourist attractions in Kampala as tourists would have a clear view of the city on the seven hills from the sky.

French POMA company ; who are experts in ropeway transport are have been in talks with the authorities in Kampala over a possibility of introducing cable cars in the city as the best solution to transportation without creating congestion.

Medhi Caillis the commercial officer for Africa zone says using high technology, 5000 people can be transported per hour using cable transport system that is very fast in terms of speed. Depending on the size of the cabin and speed, the car can take between6-12 people every 10-15 seconds. The system once put in place it would not have any conflict with other traffic users since it is installed in space.

According to Caillis, cable system can be installed within 12-18 months making it cheaper. The company cable cars are responsible for transporting 6.5 million passengers per hour in different cities where the company enjoys a worldwide presence.

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With a worldwide presence in more than 80 countries in western and Eastern Europe, Asia, Africa, South America, Australia and NewZealand, POMA produces 50 lifts every year accounting for a total of 8000 lifts in five continents.

Some of the advantages of using cable cars are that they give a high level of passenger safety, they do not emit fumes, use clean electricity contributing little to air pollution, operate in a quiet manner saving the public from noise pollution and can serve challenging terrain. They require less time and money to implement.

To have cable cars running little land is required and there is no need to excavate the ground. However, much as cable cars provide high quality transport experience, they don’t serve many passengers as a bus or a taxi would or better yet a train. A cable car service could be disrupted due to bad weather especially extreme winds since they are pulled by cables that are elevated from one tower to another.

Reporter: Gloria Nakiyimba

Standard Chartered Bank named best performing commercial bank

By Moses  Kidandi
Governor Bank of Uganda Emmanuel Tumusiime Mutebile has recognized Standard Chartered (StanChart) Bank Uganda as the Best Performing Commercial Bank in Government Securities for the month of May 2018.
The award was handed out after the Governor’s monthly meeting with the Uganda Bankers’ Association (UBA) – an umbrella body for commercial banks operating in Uganda. Governor Mutebile congratulated the StanChart CEO, Albert Saltson, upon this performance.

Inflation subsides to 1.8% in April

By Edwin Muhumuza

Uganda’s inflation has dropped to 1.8% in the month of April  compared to  2% registered in the previous month of March.

The drop is attributed to reduction in prices of food crops especially fruits such as oranges. Others  include  maize flour, sugar, milk, and simsim.

According to the Uganda Bureau of Statistics,principal statistician,Vincent Musoke,a drop in  inflation does not mean prices have come down but rather the speed at which prices are rising is still slow. Musoke, clarifies that unless the drop is down into negatives then that is when you expect prices to come down.

‘’However it should be noted that this is a general measure .You find that some products, their prices come up while the others come down. When you put them together you get the correct figure of the annual inflation.’’

Uganda continues to grapple with increasing prices of some essential products amid proposed tax increases. Among them include, all types of fuel, cement, construction materials, spirits, social services and foods like Rice, Matooke, Onions, and Apples.

According to the Uganda Bureau of statistics,this trend will sharply determine the public’s consumption behaviour.

During the release of the consumer price index for the year ended April 2018,it was also noted that Arua registered the highest annual inflation of 3.9% though lower than 4.8% recorded for the year ended March 2018.The rise was mainly driven by annual inflation for housing, water, electricity, gas and other fuels .The second highest was Fort Portal,followed by Kampala High Income and then Mbale.

Economic Outlook

The growth outlook for 2018 is positive. Rebounding investment activity and healthy domestic demand fueled by accommodative monetary policy, are set to underpin GDP growth this year. In the medium term, economic activity should be buttressed by the sustained expansion of the agriculture sector and planned government investments in oil and gas production. Focus Economics panelists project growth of 5.7% in 2018, which is up 0.3 percentage points from last month’s forecast, and 5.9% in 2019.

 

Kate and William expecting their third baby in a few hours

The Duchess of Cambridge is in hospital after going into labour with her third child.

Kensington Palace announced that the Duchess was admitted to the Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital in central London on Monday morning.

In a statement at shortly after 8.20am, Kensington Palace said the Duchess travelled to the hospital by car and was in the “early stages of labour”. Royal watchers will be expecting a swift delivery. Princess Charlotte was born just two hours and 34 minutes after the Duchess arrived at the Lindo Wing.

~Telegraph

KCCA still waiting on president’s directive on taxi operators

By Robert Ssegawa
Kampala Capital City Authority says it is waiting for a directive from the president on proposed taxi operators tax for it  start arrangements of how they will start remitting to the authority.
This after the President met taxi drivers and the leadership of Kampala capital city authority and agreed that taxis plying to city centre will be paying shs630000/= annually.
Others plying different towns and cities from Kampala will pay shs 830000/= per year. According to the deputy human resource manager  KCCA Sam Serunkuma it’s the duty of the authority to plan for taxi operations in the city including registration of all taxis and drivers.
The president recently instructed the ministry of works and transport to start registration of all taxis and conduct election of their leaders across the country . He also tasked the ministry  to map  out their routes..

Police holds 241 suspects for disrupting order during Easter

By Robert Ssegwa
Police says   241 suspects were arrested in Kampala metropolitan area during Easter celebration.
Patrick Onyango the police spokesperson says although the festivities ended peacefully, 8 murder cases were registered in Kampala, Buku, Adjumani, Kyotera, Kotido, Kabong and Busia, while two people died of food poisoning and two others committed suicide in Atyak village in Amuru district.
Onyango says that  the 241 suspects were arrested, for snatching phones and pick pocketing. Onyango adds that police also deployed in black  spots  like Katwe Kinyoro , Clock tower, Kisenyi, Bwaise as well as Nateete where people who wanted to cause harm had staged and they were arrested.
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Shops down town open to business amidst “togikwatako” tension

Streets in Kampala’s central business district (CBD) are bustling with activities despite public anxiety and heavy deployment over the upcoming presidential age limit debate in parliament.

With the deployment of police and the military in several strategic locations, speculation was rife that people would keep off the Central Business District in anticipation of demonstrations over the proposed move to remove Article 102(b) of the Constitution.

The motion for the amendment of the Article, which caps the presidential age at 75, is expected today after a failed attempt last Thursday. Amid the anxiety, various political groups and civil society organizations are mobilizing supporters to come out and challenge the planned amendment.

Last week, when the matter was expected in parliament, police engaged demonstrators in running battles, paralyzing business in several areas. But shops in Kampala are all open with business going on normally. Taxis and other motorists are also operating normally.

Jacob Okoku, a resident of Kireka, says he had feared to go to the city centre but is surprised with the calmness.

The Constitution Square in the centre of Kampala has been declared out of bounds for unauthorized personnel. The Square, usually a target for demonstrators, is closed to the public with tapes blocking all entrances.

While the police and military are stationed in the middle of the Square, crime preventers are manning the entrances, turning away people. Armored vehicles and fire engines are on the ready, in anticipation of any riotous developments.

Noah Bukenya, a boda-boda cyclist at the Square, told URN that the crime preventers started their operations in the wee hours of the morning.

Anti-riot police is also deployed at the Democratic Party (DP) headquarters at City House. A police patrol pickup full with heavily armed policemen is parked at the entrance to the DP offices as other police men are positioned around the building.

DP coined the anti-age limit removal campaign slogan, Kogikwatako, which has since caught on with different ethnicities coining their own versions.

Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesperson, Emilian Kayima, says the deployment is in response to, as he put it, “what’s going on in the country”.

City House also houses the offices of the youth wing of the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC).

 

-URN

KCCA Councillors move motion to name a city road after late Sebaana

By Robert Segawa
The KCCA council has passed a motion to have Nakivubo place road named after former mayor John Ssebaana Kizito.
During an extra ordinary  sitting to commemorate his life, the KCCA council led by the Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago resolved that the road be named after him for his services to the city.
The council highlighted his efforts that led to the construction of Nakivubo channel where the road partly passes.
The road runs from Entebbe road roundabout (near Usafi Market) via Container village and stop at the junction to Namirembe road.
Ssebaana died of stroke in Monday and will be laid to rest on Saturday.