KCCA operation leaves many street vendors in tears over confiscated merchandise

By Robert Segawa

Kampala Capital City Authority law enforcement officers have this morning raided streets of Kampala in which several street vendors have been apprehended with their merchandise.

This follows a directive by the minister for Kampala Betty Olive Kamya to the street vendors to leave Kampala streets and join different gazetted markets around the city.

This morning KCCA with help of police conducted operations on different streets of Kampala where over 15 vendors  were arrested  for trying to fight law enforcement officers and their merchandise confiscated.

KCCA police commandant SSP Kitumwa Rusoke conducted this operation on the different streets namely, like Luwum Street, Namirembe road, William Street, Nabugabo, and Nakasero, Bendicto Kiwanuka street where vendors were seen crying for their confiscated goods.

Rusoke says the minister was responding to concerns by the traders in shops who complained that vendors were taking away their clients while they were not paying government taxes.

He added that taxis which load passengers in gazetted areas around the city will be impounded in order to reduce traffic jam in the city.

It should be remembered that ever since KCCA Executive Director Jennifer Musisi wrote to president Museveni asking to allow her resign her office on December 15th 2018 KCCA law enforcement officers had stopped operations in the city.

Jennifer Musisi was appointed as Executive Director KCCA by president Museveni on 15th April 2011, as she has spent 7 years in office in which she  has tried to change the face of Kampala city by building good roads, traffic lights , drainage as well as spear heading evictions of street vendors along Kampala streets.

The vendors have been accusing the law enforcement of manhandling vendors and stealing their merchandise during the operations.

Kitumwa warned KCCA law enforcement that whoever is found manhandling vendors will be arrested and charged in accordance with the law and asked them to perform their duties with professionalism.

Budget meetings stall at KCCA after Musisi’s resignation announcement

By Robert Segawa

The Kampala Lord mayor Erias Lukwago advised that the budget process of the authority be stalled after the resignation if the executive director Jennifer Musisi.

This was after Musisi’s resignation notice to president Museveni which will take effect on 15th December 2018.

Speaking during the on going council meeting at city hall,  Lukwago said they are supposed to meet with technical wing next week to kick start the budgeting process for the financial year 2019_2020.

He says that now the meetings can’t proceed without the authority having both the substantive executive director and deputy.

He notes that the deadline for handing in the budget is 15th November but the ministry of finance unlikely to give them extra time.

Jennifer Musisi wrote her resignation letter to the president last week. Since then, there has been mixed reactions on Musisi’s contribution towards her seven years on job as KCCA top boss. She stated that one of the reasons she has thrown in the towel is lack of political will by the people of Kampala to embrace change.

The Lord mayor has also come out to openly express happiness about this her move.

KCCA Carnival suspended

By Robert Segawa
Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) has suspended the annual city carnival for this this year.

Addressing the media at City hall in Kampala, KCCA Executive Director Jennifer Musisi says that they met and resolved with the festival sponsors to divert the raised 1.9bnshs to the removal of the remaining asbestos roofs and replacement with iron sheets for both Nakivubo Settlement and Nakivibo Blue Primary Schools as a start.

Kampala City Festival has been held for the last seven years bringing together diverse people to celebrate their city, cultures and Uganda’s independence.

Musisi further says that they will save between 700mshs -900mshs been used to organize the street celebrations to construct the maternal ward and procure medical equipment at KCCA Kiswa Health Centre in Nakawa division.

However, Musisi promises to refund vendors that had paid for stall fees that is now totaling to 3million shilling to trade at the carnival once they decide to pick it.

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

Jennifer Musisi cautions those vandalizing street lights

By Robert Segawa

Kampala Capital City Authority executive director Jennifer Musisi has asked residents in area’s where the authority constructing roads to report those destroying street lights as a contribution towards that development.

Speaking to the journalists during tours of road construction project in Nakawa division Musisi said construction of roads in all divisions of Kampala being completed with just few under construction due to compensation issues.

She warned those vandalizing street lights authority will be dealt with.

KCCA needs 800M to streamline the bodaboda industry

Kampala Capital City Authority-KCCA is seeking Shillings 800million to organize the boda boda industry in the city.

The State Minister for Kampala Affairs, Benny Namugwanya disclosed this while presenting the ministry’s policy statement for the 2018/2019 financial year before the Presidential Affairs Committee at Parliament on Thursday.

She explains that KCCA wants to streamline the boda boda industry so as to generate revenue but also ensure it’s clear of criminals. According to Namugwanya, they will use the money to recruit workers and buy equipment to facilitate the process of the streamlining the industry.

“We shall need people to do the work, we shall need computers help in the process, we may need biometric machines, all these cost money. But we also need to come up with a clear plan for the boda boda industry and the future,” she said.

She said KCCA will also help the boda boda operators to conduct effective elections of their leaders to address the leadership problems. Namugwanya told the Committee that the decision to streamline the industry is premised on a cabinet memo directing the Authority to come up with a system to manage the boda boda operations following reports that criminals were using the motor cycles to commit crime in the city.

“We are in the process of organizing boda bodas in the city. You know these boda bodas it is some kind of employment but of late, people look at them as criminals, somebody dies they say boda bodas were used. So we want to organize this industry and before we want to begin by registering them. We want to know, who these people operating boda bodas in Kampala are,” she said.

The Authority has increased the budget for political governance from Shs15.8Billion to Shs17.8Billion.  The additional funding is meant to cater for the emoluments of the city political leadership ncluding the Lord Mayors and councilors.

The money will be drawn from revenues collected from the taxi and boda boda operators. KCCA presented a budget proposal of Shillings 695.26Bn for the 2018/2019 financial but the finance ministry slashed it to Shs479.94Bn leaving the Authority grappling with a deficit of Shs215.32Bn.

 

 

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Traders accused of assaulting KCCA officer granted bail

By Sania Babirye

City hall grade one magistrate Beatrice Kainza  granted a 200,000U shillings each  cash bail to  Nine traders from Usafi market  who are charged with assaulting KCCA law enforcement officers while on duty this month.

These were charged and remanded to Luzira prison on the 13th of this month after they pleaded not guilty to the offenses.
They have been ordered to return back to court on the 16th of May 2018 as investigations into the case continues.
Prosecution states that on the 13th of this month while at Usafi market the group led by 50year old Peter Simulema threw stones at  law enforcement officer while on duty.

Musisi urges donors to be mindful of locals in areas where refugees have resettled

By Wasswa Deo

The Executive Director of Kampala  Capital City Authority, Jenifer Semakula  Musisi has urged donors who are supporting refugees in Kampala slums to pay attention to problems affecting the locals in the communities where refugees have resettled.

According to Musisi, locals in the communities  have been heard complaining that donors are paying much attention to refugees. The KCCA Executive director therefore is calling upon the donors to be extend help to the locals too.

Jennifer sounded the call  during a meeting with the different donors  that was held to discuss development of the city.

Kampala is currently hosting over 103000 refugee influxes with a bigger percentage from Congo and Somalia of 44% and 21% respectively.

KCCA street naming extending to Rubaga and two other divisions

By Wasswa Deo
The naming of streets and houses by Kampala capital city authority is expected to end by June this year.
Kawujju Peter, the Kampala City Council Authority spokes person says the project being funded by the World Bank. He adds that the exercise has been successfully concluded in Kampala central and Nakawa divisions and will soon head to the other three divisions of Rubaga, Makindye and Kawempe

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..