New traffic lights have cameras that will help curb traffic offenders

The modern traffic lights installed on newly constructed roads in Kampala will boost the ability of the Uganda Police Force to monitor and arrest errant drivers who disregard traffic laws.

The traffic lights were equipped with cameras and computers that capture and record data.
As the traffic lights turn red the system becomes active and any vehicle passing over the sensor in the road after this time is snapped.

“For those who don’t stop, violate or commit any offence around traffic lights, we shall get you even after a year. We have computers that can keep data for over a year,” Dr Stephen Kasiima, the director of traffic and road safety said.

His revelation came after the commissioning of the newly reconstructed Kira Road which has been expanded from a two-lane road to a four-lane road. Three signalized traffic light junctions have been fixed along the road. One of the traffic lights is situated at the foot of Kira road, adjacent to Kira road police station, another at a junction linking with Old Kira road and one at the Bukoto-Kisaasi road Junction.

Each set of these traffic lights has control centre where cars, motorcycles and people walking along the road can be monitored on computers. Solar street lights have also been installed along the road.

Kasiima said pictures captured by the cameras at traffic lights are clear and don’t need any other evidence to arrest and prosecute law offenders.

Kampala Capital City authority Executive Director Jennifer Musisi says that 8.4 billion Shillings was spent on the reconstruction of the road, which was expanded after the eviction of craftsmen, florists and kiosks initially operating in the area.

A traffic Control Centre has also been set up at the KCCA offices to monitor what is happening along the newly reconstructed roads, according to Musisi. The center will integrate the new traffic-light network at 33 junctions, some of which are still under construction.

“At city hall we can see how traffic is moving along Kira road. I can be in my office and put on my computer to see what is happening. If we see that cars are many at certain junction, we can re-adjust rate at which traffic lights stops can or allows them to go,” she said.

The ongoing road works are part of the Second phase of Kampala Institutional and Infrastructure Development Project-KIIDP II implemented by Kampala Capital City Authority. The project is worth USD 183.7 Million. Other roads under construction include Makerere Hill Road, Mambule Road (Bwaise), Bwaise Junction and Bakuli-Nakulabye-Kasubi.




KCCA enforcement team has impounded 30 commercial salon vehicles

By Robert Ssegawa

Kampala capital city authority enforcement team has impounded 30 commercial salon vehicles in a morning crackdown on tax defaulters.

Simon Kabanda the head operations KCCA said today’s in the City Center, Wandegeya and in Kamwokya saw 14 taxis and 16 special hire cars impounded for lack of o KCCA stickers to confirm that they had paid the authority dues.

He says some drivers managed to clear dues using Pay way and   salvaged their vehicles. The rest of impounded vehicles have been taken to KCCA parking lot..

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KCCA impounds public passenger vehicles over tax defaulting

By Robert Ssegawa
Kampala Capital City Authority enforcement team has impounded 30 commercial salon vehicles in a morning crackdown on tax defaulters.
Simon Kabanda the head operations KCCA said today’s operation in the City Center,  Wandegeya and  in Kamwokya saw 14  taxis and 16 special hire cars impounded for lack of o KCCA stickers to confirm that they had paid the authority dues.
He says some drivers managed to clear dues using Pay way and   salvaged their vehicles. The impounded vehicles have been  taken to KCCA parking lot..

Usafi leaders say market could only take in 856 out of 1292 who applied to get stalls

A total of 427 vendors from the demolished Park Yard market have failed to secure space in Usafi Market, a facility initially acquired by Kampala Capital City Authority to absorb vendors from the city streets.

The market, adjacent to the clock tower, a few minutes from the city centre, in Kampala Central Division was adjusted to accommodate up to 5,000 vendors. However, it had 3,500 occupied stalls at the time of the controversial demolition of Nakivubo Park Yard Market.

Peter Kivumbi, the chairperson of Usafi Market Traders Association told Uganda Radio Network that they received applications from 1,292 vendors but only managed to get stalls for 865 vendors. He added that 427 genuine applicants could not be taken on; while another 300 other applicants were rejected for disguising themselves as Park Yard traders.

The stalls were allocated on Monday after nearly two weeks of waiting.

“In our findings, we learnt that people who came here to apply for stalls but have never been vendors. Other vendors have been allocated space at Ham Shopping Mall and they also wanted space here. We detected them and rejected their applications,” he said.

He said Usafi market leadership will allocate 40 stalls to disabled vendors who came from Park Yard market within this week. Kivumbi said the disabled vendors were a bit unsystematic and delayed to submit their application forms.

“We have just received their applications. They brought their forms last week on Wednesday and we asked them to come back this week, Kivumbi said.

Park Yard started in 1980s as a vending place for people with disabilities supported by local leaders. When city authorities embarked on a massive exercise to evict vendors from Kampala Streets, they found it easy to relocate themselves to the yard, adjacent to Nakivubo stadium since the place was open and being occupied by few disabled people.



KCCA denies hand in demolition of park yard

By Segawa Robert

Kampala Capital City Authority executive Director Jennifer Musisi has denied that KCCA having a hand in the demolition of park yard Market.

In statement presented by the Michael Okua the Director legal of KCCA ,states that KCCA has not given eviction orders nor permition  to Ham Kiggundu to demolish the park yard as well as Nakivubo war memorial stadium.

She said that Ham Kiggundu had only given in a request to take the yard for redevelopment because he had more than 1200 stalls at Ham shopping Mall and he could pay for 300 stalls in USAFI market but had not agreed only to hear news of demolition on Monday.

All this has been revealed in the resumed council meeting at city hall today Chaired by Lord mayor Elias Lukwago.

Traders stranded as Parkyard is sealed off

By Robert Ssegawa
Hundred of Park Yard vendors are stranded after police sealed off the market this morning.
The  minister in charge of Kampala Betty Kamya issued a month ultimatum for the vendors to vacate  the space to pave way for development of the land belonging to Nakivubo war memorial stadium.
 The market is now being guarded by police and traders have been seen  picking their merchandise. It has been revealed that HAM the investor  who is developing the land has offered vendors the entire third floor of Park Enkadde shopping mall to relocate and extended a grace period of three months without paying rent.

NSSF ,KCCA organize a run for a cause to renovate 2 Kampala schools

By Wasswa Deo

The National Social security Fund and Kampala Capital City Authority have launched the second edition of NSSF Hash Seven Hills Run aimed at raising 200 million to renovate Makerere University primary school and Summit Vienna Army primary school in Kampala to create better learning environment.

The run will take place on March 12th and will cover 22 kilometers while traversing seven historical hills in Kampala and these are Kibuli, Old Kampala, Namirembe, Ribaga, Lubiri, Nsambya and Nakasero.

Speaking at the launch, the executive director KCCA has noted that, they still need a lot of funds to effectively improve the infrastructure of the 79 public schools  in Kampala

Musisi says by the time was appointed the executive director, infrastructure in Kampala public schools was even worse to an extent that one toilet was serving 100 pupils.  “With efforts put in place the situation has changed and one toilet is now serving 50 pupils’’ she added.

Richard Byarugaba, the executive director, NSSF Richard Byarugaba says, this campaign will go far to support education of the underprivileged in the society.

A total of 65 million shillings was collected in the first edition of the run and went to the renovation of Nakivubo settlement primary schools and construction of a water facility at St. Ponsiano Kyamula primary school.

Taxi drivers decry KCCA ‘s authorization of taxi stages outside the park

By Daudi Zirimala
The drivers operating in Nateete Taxi Park have stormed the office of the minister in Charge of Kampala Beti Kamya protesting the move by KCCA officials authorizing taxi stages outside the gazetted Taxi park.
Angry drivers informed the minister that they are paying tax dues to operate inside the parks but are now competing for passengers with taxis that operate outside  the park.
Minister Beti Kamya promised to address the matter with KCCA to ensure that illegal stages are terminated.

Special hire drivers call upon KCCA to reduce monthly dues

By Deo Wasswa
Special hire drivers   operating around Acacia mall have asked Kampala Capital City Authority to revise the monthly charges levied on them.  Some of the drivers have told our reporter say they currently pay a monthly due of 52000 to KCCA which is very high since few people use cabs.
They now want KCCA to reduce the dues to a more affordable rate

Minister Betty Kamya not aware of bus relocation plan

Government has suspended its decision to compel all bus companies to operate from gazetted terminals.

Recently, Transport Licensing Board-TBL ordered buses plying the Northern, West Nile to relocate from Arua Park to Namayiba Bus Terminal.

It also ordered those plying the western and Southern routes to load and offload from Kisenyi Bus Terminal while those heading to the Eastern region were ordered to operate from Qualicel Bus Terminal.

On Wednesday, legislators from West Nile brought up the matter on the floor of parliament, wondering why bus operators were never consulted before the decision was reached.

Bernard Atiku, the Ayivu County MP noted that there is need to agree on specifics before the decision can be implemented.

Felix Okot Ogong, who owns Felister coaches,  accused the Transport Licensing Board of being intolerant to the views of bus companies and making rush decisions without consulting them.

Betty Kamya, the Minister in Charge of Kampala, said she wasn’t aware of the proposed relocation of the buses yet it is the responsibility of Kampala Capital City Authority-KCCA to gazette terminals and inspect them.

After discussing the matter for over 20 minutes, the Speaker Rebecca Kadaga, directed the State Minister for Transport, Aggrey Bagiire to suspend the directive. Bagiire pleaded for time to consult with the ministry before pronouncing himself on the matter, which was granted.

He later announced a three-week grace period for buses plying the mid-western, Northern, west Nile and interstate routes.

Parliament tasked him to convene a stakeholder’s meeting to discuss the changes in January.