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.
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.
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.
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
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..
By Sania Babirye
The executive Director of Kampala Capital City Authority( KCCA)Jennifer Musisi has been summoned by the high court in Kampala on allegations of illegally terminating an employee without paying his 1.9 nillion shillings in emoluments in 2012.
According to documents before court Musisi is being sued by a one Patrick Kisoke a former clerical clerk with the dissolved KCC.
Kisoke claims that he worked as the Kampala City Council clerical clerk from 1999 until July 2012 when his services were terminated by Kampala Capital City Authority on grounds that his office had been abolished by the new statute.
Kisoke however is alleging that his termination was irregular because his letter was backdated to read that the defunct KCC had retired him and therefore he is a stranger to KCCA yet in actual sense he is sure that the office of the clerical clerk is still in existence.
Kisoke is now accusing the Executive Director of having a personal grudge against him to the extent of even refusing to instruct the public service ministry to process his retirement benefits.
The high court deputy Registra Sarah Langa has now given Musisi and the attorney General 15 days within which to file their defense.
Four Kampala Capital City Authority-KCCA Law Enforcement Officers picked up in connection with the death of Oliver Basemera, a hawker, have appeared in court.
The four appeared on Thursday afternoon before Lillian Bucyana, the Nakawa Chief Magistrate on charges of manslaughter contrary to section 187 and 190 of the Penal Code Act.
They are Tito Kigiro, Eria Waswa, Moses Tebyasa and Farouk Mpima. Ntwiba Kaine, the State Prosecutor told court that on August 4th, 2017 while at Mukwano Round about in Central Division in Kampala District, the four unlawfully caused the death of Oliver Basemera.
She drowned in Nakivubo channel on Friday last week while evading arrest by the KCCA Law enforcement team. The suspects pleaded not guilty to the charges and applied for bail through their KCCA lawyers, Hillary Musimenta and Michael Mukwana.
Mukwana told court that the suspects are first time offenders and have been in Police Cells since Friday. He also told court that the four are KCCA employees and willingly reported to Jinja Road Police Station when they were called to record statements.
Each of the suspects presented three sureties. The state prosecutors raised no objection to the bail application. Lillian Bucyana, the Nakawa Chief Magistrate granted the suspects bail on Shillings 500,000 cash and bonded each of their sureties for Shillings 3 million not cash. She asked the suspects to return to court on August 21st for mention of their case.
Section 187 of the Penal Code states that “any person who by an unlawful act or omission causes the death of another person commits the felony termed manslaughter”.
The Penal Code Act defines an unlawful omission as “an omission amounting to culpable negligence to discharge a duty tending to the preservation of life or health, whether such omission is or is not accompanied by an intention to cause death or bodily harm.”
Section 190 stipulates that “any person who commits the felony of manslaughter is liable to imprisonment for life.”
By Wasswa Deo
The Minister for Trade, Industry and Cooperatives Amelia Kyambadde has condemned the manner in which KCCA enforcement officers handle street vendors especially women, saying excessive force is uncalled for.
This follows the death of a one Olivia Basemera on Friday August 5th as she tried to escape from KCCA enforcement officers.
38 year old Basemera who was vending handkerchiefs reportedly jumped into the Nakivubo channel in a desperate attempt to escape and ended up losing her life.
In a statement released by Kyambadde, she regrets the death of Basemera saying such mistreatment and brutal arrests of street vendors by KCCA enforcement officers should come to a stop.
“Though the street vendors operate illegally, as human beings and fellow Ugandans, they deserve fair treatment especially the women majority of whom are single mothers fending for their children in this era of high unemployment in Uganda”, exclaimed Kyambadde.
The much anticipated demolition of structures at Centenary Park in Kampala is underway.
The demolition comes days after a directive by parliaments committee on Commissions, Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises-COSASE to pave way for the construction of a booster pumping station by National Water and Sewerage Corporation-NWSC.
The work is part of a bigger project which includes an interconnection with the low level system in Nakasero, laying a new 5km transmission line from Centenary Park to Naguru Reservoir and installation of a booster station at Centenary Park.
The booster station is expected to add 6 million liters of water per day to the Naguru Reservoir and boost supply to parts of Ntinda, Bukoto, Kisaasi, Kulambiro, Najjera, Kyanja, Kungu and Buwate, all suburbs of Kampala.
Tenants at the park are racing against time to clear properties from the structures in the presence of a team of police personnel and SOGEA contractors, the company implementing the project on behalf of National Water.
Four popular restaurants were this morning razed, according to our reporter on the site. They include Choma, Blue Africa bar, Best Chinese Restaurant and Indian Restaurant.