Proceeds from this year’s CJ’s Kyambogo run will be committed to promoting neonatal health care

Proceeds from this year’s CJ’s Kyambogo run will be committed to promoting neonatal health care in one of the health facilities under Kampala Capital City Authority-KCCA management. Funds raised from the 1st September annual event at the Kyambogo cricket oval will be used to purchase incubator machines to improve the lives of preterm born babies in Kampala.

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Buganda’s Royal Prince David Kintu Wassajja will be the chief runner at the Café Java’s run under the theme “ run 4 premature babies”

“I am very glad to be here to be part of this very good noble cause which is to raise money for the premature born, the less fortunate and disadvantaged people in our society. As you all are aware, I am a sports enthusiast, I like running, and running is more enjoyable when you are running for a good cause so I am very happy to be part of this initiative” averred Prince Wassajja.

He encouraged the public to participate in “a very good cause to raise money for buying equipment for premature babies”. To those not willing to run, Prince Wassajja says they can buy tickets at 20,000 from all Café Javas restaurant outlets around Kampala, thereby contributing to the cause.

According to Yasin Ahmed, the director Café Javas they chose this cause following an increase in reports of premature babies dying in hospitals around Kampala Statistics show that preterm births in Uganda stand between 13-14 percent, while 15 million babies are born prematurely worldwide. “ When this opportunity came to support the Kyambogo run, which translates to supporting the premature babies in buying incubators for some of the hospitals, we quickly jumped on it because it aligns with the Mandel Group of companies goals to support sports and support premature babies,” said director Café Javas

A preterm baby is a high-risk infant prone to infection due to the compromised immunity and undeveloped antibodies. South Africa’s High commissioner to Uganda Prof. Maj. Gen. Lekoa Solly Mollo will be the chief guest. Yayiro Kasasa of Beyond Sports organization, the key organizer of the event revealed that the run will have 21 Kilometer, 10 Kilometer, and 5 Kilometer targeting a total of 1000 participants.

Mayor Lukwago calls for modernizing of Kampala City

By Moses Kidandi
The Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago has called upon all stakeholders to strive to have Kampala as a Smart City of the 21st Century.

Lukwago said this while he was giving closing remarks at the _Kampala Roads Rehabilitation Project meeting with stakeholders at Hotel Africa this afternoon. He said we need to modify the way we design projects in order to maximize the benefits to the community.

Under this project, KCCA specifically targets to reconstruct and improve *46km and associated drainage* together with *Signalizing 22 junctions.*

He said the infrastructure and investments must respond to the needs on the ground and this is what he has always strives for. He said its valuable in guiding the design of these projects so that they benefit the communities m.

He appreciated the African Development Bank for supporting this project and prayed that implementation can be expedited.

He said road infrastructure improvements, upgrade and junction signalization has been a long walk but it has finally been realized.

He concluded that he is passionate about the Kampala Multi model Transport Plan and he looks forward to have a metro to ease transport in the city.

There has been slight reduction in crime says IGP

By Robert Segawa

The inspector general of police Okoth Martin Ochola has urged Members of the public to continue working together with Uganda Police in the fight against crime which will boost the country’s economy and development.

The IGP Ochola said this the launch of the annual report of year 2018 where he pointed out a total of 238,746 cases reported compared to 252,065 cases registered in 2017 reflecting a decrease in crime by 5.2% .

He says that 4.5% of all crimes were committed along the highways, 47.7% were in urban centers while 47.8 % were committed in rural areas.

He adds that cases of defilement, thefts, rape, Burglaries and murders have been more rampant in rural areas while robbery, common assaults, and Aggravated assaults are common in urban areas.

He further adds that 73,035 cases were taken to court reflecting an increase of 66,626 cases that were taken to court in 2017; with convictions totaling to 22,263, while dismissed cases are 11,121 in 2018.

Ochola further says 239,484 persons were victims of crime of whom 143, 880 were male adults, and female adults were 60,648 , while young boys are 10,772 and girls were 24,184 victims.

In her part as Director Criminal Investigation Directorate AIGP Grace Akullo has identifies leading crimes in 2018 as Common assaults, Defilement, domestic violence and fraud obtaining money by false pretense among others compared to 2017.

Grace Akullo says that 29,735 were registered, and defilement with 15,366 cases, domestic violence 13,916, followed obtaining money by false pretense with 12,313 cases among others.

She pointed out Kampala south division, Kampala north division, West Nile , Albertine region, Elgon region, Kampala East division,Busoga north and Sezibwa as the leading regions where crime has been committed to have increased in the same year.

In his part as Director of traffic and road safety AIGP Dr.Steven Kasiima reports that a total of 3,689 died in road accident in a total of 3,194 fatal accident s registered in 2018.

Dr Kasiima says their has been a slight increase in the number of people who died by 5.4% compared to the people who died in 2017 totaling to 3,500 lost their lives.

He adds that serious accidents were 6,085 and minor accidents were 30,526 in 2018.

He says that the causes of accident are due to reckless driving, over speeding, driving under the influence of alcohol, careless pedestrians and vehicles in dangerous mechanical condition among others.

He adds that 199,785 penality tickets were issued out to indiscipline driver’s of which 15.6 billion have so far been paid while 18 billion shillings is to be paid by defaulters.

Down town building owners and traders raw deepens

By Sania Babirye
Land Division High court judge Alexanderia Rugardya Nkonge has refused to allow Kampala lord Mayor Erias Lukwago to cross examine Kampala businessmen Drake Lubega and Mansur Matovu (Younger) in a case filed by the Traders demanding for an independent account to deposit their rent arias until court determines who manages the buildings .

Justice Nkonge has ruled that this might pre-empty the main case before her in which Horizon Coaches sued the two businessmen for illegally occupying its buildings.

The case had come up for hearing, but the judge instead ordered all parties to file in their written submissions since one of the correspondents (Horizon Coaches) had not filed in their reply.

The judge has also set to give its ruling on the matter on notice.

Meanwhile, the Uganda Bus Operators Association Ltd has also claimed ownership of Qualicel bus terminal and has since issued a note dated 15th of April 2019 demanding rent from the Traders.

According to Uganda Bus Operators Association chairperson Hamim Ssetongo, he holds the legitimate title of the building and that none of the three businessmen is allowed to operate from them .

On the 12th of this month, the Traders on the three building being claimed by Drake Lubega, Mansur Matovu, the late Muhangi Family and now UBOA withdrawn their case from the high court civil division and filed it before the the High court Land division following the mysterious way in which the case file was allocated to a new judge without their knowledge.

Through their lawyer Erias Lukwago, the traders contended that their case file was first case listed before Justice Musa Ssekana and was set for hearing on the 8th of this month but when it came for hearing, they were surprised to see that tge original judge was dropped and replaced bu justice Andrew Bashaijja without their knowledge.

The traders claimed that they were not getting justice before justice Bashaija and asked for their file transfer.

As a result, Justice Bashaijja accepted their request but for the second time ordered that the frustrated traders pay costs to the businessmen because they had incurred costs along the way through hiring lawyers to represent them in the high court.

The businessmen also said they are demanding a 2 billion compensation from the Traders since they their lawyer Lukwago did not follow the right procedures in withdrawing the case.

On the 10th of April the same judge (Basaijja) ordered the Traders to pay costs to the businessmen after dismissing their application with costs in which they wanted court to allow another file before the ongoing land division to be added to this current file before the high court civil division.

The three buildings include Qualicel, Nabukeera and Jamboree all located at downtown Kampala.

Justice Bashaijja dismissed Lukwago’s application in which he wanted to appeal a ruling that had denied him a chance to amend his pleadings before the court.

The case had came up for hearing and during his submissions, Lukwago had asked court to allow him to add an application that is before the Land division to be part of that in the civil division of the High court.

Justice Bashaijja instead declined Lukwago’s submissions and ordered that the application be heard as it is.

The 291 traders through their lawyer Erias Lukwago had petitioned the court to allow them to deposit their rent arias on an independent account until court determined who owned and managed the said buildings.

The Traders want to deposit rent monies with a safe account in court until court decides on who of the three warring parties including Drake Lubega , Mansur Matovu and the management of Horizon Coaches formerly belonging to the late businessman Charles Muhangi owns and manages the said buildings .

The buildings are currently being claimed by city businessmen Drake Lubega, Mansur Matovu alias Young and the late rally driver Charles Muhangi through his Horizone coaches ltd.

On the 2nd of April, 291 the traders filled their suit escorted by Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago asking court to summon the warring factions to appear before court and clarify on who is the real owner and manager of the contentious buildings.

Currently, both Lubega and Mansur are claiming ownership of the building following the sudden and abrupt death of Muhangi in February this year to whom the traders were paying their rent arrears too.

These have since informed the traders that the buildings belongs to them not the late Muhangi whom the supreme court had declared owner of the buildings.

And worse still the now new owners and managers are forcing the traders to not only pay their current arrears to them, but also repay five months arrears that they had paid to Muhangi when he was still alive.

These have also gone ahead and closed the shops of those traders who are not willing to clear to them the already rent arrears that they had paid to the late Muhangi which has seen traders protesting.

However, the traders insist that they do not know who is the real owner and manger of the buildings to whom they should pay rent too since the court had declared that Muhangi owned the said buildings and he was doing so until his sudden death.

The traders also insist that if court clarifies on the rightful owner, that they are willing to pay the rent arias to him starting with the new months (February) but not even the past five months that they had paid to Muhangi through Horizon Coaches ltd as being demanded by the alleged new owners.

According to the traders, the supreme court placed the management of the three buildings under Horizon Coaches ltd on the 5th of November 2018.

These further claim that after the supreme court order, the buildings were renovated and renamed Horizon city and Bazanya Nengo respectively and each tenant was ordered to pay a 1.2 million shillings as registration fee which they cleared .

They further state that the tenants have since then been paying rent fees ranging from 400, 000 to 3 million shillings to Horizon Coaches until some time in February this year when both Drake Lubega and Mansur Matovu showed up each claiming ownership and management of the 3 buildings.

The traders say that apart from the two claiming owners hiring stick wielding men and security to beat them, these have also turned off electricity and other utilities and locking their shops and threatened to evict any trader who wi continue with paying their rent arrears to Horizon Coaches.

These are now asking court to issue an injunction stopping the 2 businessmen from further trespassing and interfering with their business premises until issues of management are clarified and settled by court .

They also want court to order Drake Lubega and Mansur Matovu to pay them General damages for loss of business and inconvenience after the two closed their shops yet they had cleared their due rent arrears.

On the 21st of March this year the traders closed their shops and protested after their power was switched off by allegedly Young after they refused to pay the double rent.

These were also demanding an independent account on which they should pay their rent because they were tired of paying rent to one person and then after someone else comes and claims to be the real owner of the building.

It took Kampala central Member of Parliament Muhammad Nsereko’s intervention to have the power turned on and promised to take the traders grievances to Parliament fir redress.

Ragga Dee misses hearing of his case

By Sania Babirye

State is today expected to inform city hall court on whether or not they will continue with a noise pollution case against local Musician Daniel Kazibwe also known as Ragga Dee.

On the 1st of April, the case had come up for mention at city hall court to allow Ragee to take plea but as usual he was no where to be seen in the court room.

Ragge Dee as usual decided to come to court but stayed outside the courtroom chatting with his Juma Seiko as the case was called for mention.

This prompted KCCA prosecutor Elijah Ndamuran to inform grade one magistrate Patrick Talisuna that they want an adjournment of two weeks to allow them to go through the file to see if they can continue with case or drop it.

The Magistrate then adjourned the case to today and issued a third criminal summon against Ragga Dee.

On the 15th of February, Ragga Dee again missed the mention of his case despite arriving in court early.

He is needed to answer to charges related to emitting noise beyond permissible levels in his Kololo Big Mikes Bar which he co-owns with Maj Juma Seiko .

However, Ragga Dee instead of sitting in court to wait for his case, rather decided to spend all his time outside the courtroom talking to the media.

And as a result, the magistrate called his case and later adjourned it to today and also extended more criminal summons to Ragga Dee and his co accused a one Rita Nancy who is the manager of the bar.

His lawyer David Mushabe that day informed court that Ragga Dee was in talks with KCCA to have the matter settled out of court.

On the 4th of February, criminal summons were issued against Ragga Dee to answer to charges in relation to failure to comply with an improvement noise and breaking council property [seals].

Prosecution states that, Danial Kazibwe and Ritah Nancy on the 29th of February 2019 at Kololo Central division in Kampala did play music equipment emitting noise above the National permissible levels under the National environment noise standards and level regulations 2003.

On the 23rd of February, Kampala Capital City Authority closed Ragga Dee’s Bar over noise pollution, Flouting public health regulations and operating without a license.

According to KCCA the closure was part of their crackdown on places emitting noise pollution including places of worship and bars.

KCCA says such noise disturbs the peace of the neighbors.

Ragga Dee’s summon comes after some residents in the area dragged a total of Seven bars including Big Mikes bar to court over Noise pollution.

These also sued KCCA and NEMA of failing to regulate such noise coming from the said bars.

These had claimed that apart from the too much noise being emitted by such bars through music concerts and parties that goes late into the night, some of these bars had big screens and flood lights that penetrates in to their homes thereby disturbing their peace and comfort which they wanted court to stop.

However, Ragga Dee claimed that Banyima’s name was just being used for political purposes because her bar H20 was among those not sued.

While speaking to the media after his bar closure, Ragga Dee accused KCCA of double standards claiming that he had dully paid all his taxes to KCCA and that his bar was the only one being targeted yet other bars near him and emits more noise have never been closed.

Ragga Dee who also affiliates to the NRM ruling party and was the party flag bearer for the seat of Kampala Lord Mayor in the concluded 2016 General elections against incumbent Erias Lukwago, also accused KCCA of leaving many people unemployed since his bar employees more people whom he claims that would be affected with such closures.

He accussed KCCA officias of being corrupt claiming that many officials receaive bribes from especially foreign rival business owners to take other businesses mainly owned by locals down to push then out of business.

Ragee Dee also claimed that KCCA does not measure noise coming from bars but only suplies a document indicating that there is noise pollution.

He said that in December last year, he paid KCCA the license fee and has receipts including license fee for bar, pool table, restraunt, guest house and club and that if his business was found lacking in anyway, then it should have been denied the license or if it fulfilled all the required standards, then he should have been cleared and given a license

He however says that although KCCA did inspect the bar, he was never given any of the above.

He says that it would have been better if KCCA would take that energy used to close bars to close those places engaging in harmful health activities like those selling the banned smoking substances like Shisha than targeting those that comply to the set regulations especially his bar that has been in existence for the past 18 years.

He described the move to close bars as a bad economic move since such bars contribute to reducing unemployment in country by giving jobs to many Ugandans more especially the youths who are the majority population and unemployed .

Redevelopment of old taxi park kicks off on Monday

By Daudi Zirimala

The Kampala Capital City Authority has finalized plans to redevelop Old Taxi Parks starting on Monday after agreeing with all taxi operators to construct this park in phases.

In a meeting organized by Kampala Operational Taxi and Stages Association KOTSA Chairman Hajji Yasin Ssematimba, the redevelopment of old Taxi Park will commence on Monday and number of stages will be affected Including Entebbe, Lubaga, and Kawempe Namugongo among others.

He says that they agreed with KCCA to have alternative parking for stages that would be affected in the first phase.

The renovated Taxi Park will increase the economic potential of more than 25,000 people who work in this area. This will benefit passengers, taxi drivers, conductors, food vendors and small business owners.” Yasin said.

Police Liason Officer Emmanuel Ssempijja warned taxi operators against politicizing the project but instead cooperate with the contract to make the redevelopment of the park is done in a stipulated deadline.

Kampala Capital City Authority received Shs3 billion grant from the government of Netherlands for redeveloping of Old Taxi Park.

The proposed redevelopment of the Old Taxi Park is linked to the just completed Urban Transport Master Plan where KCCA plans to provide residents of Kampala with fast and reliable public transport services by 2040.

Over 200,000 people commute daily through the Old Taxi Park to connect to different destinations within the greater Kampala metropolitan area and beyond.

A BRAND NEW CAR GIVEAWAY: Capital Radio unveils festive season promotion

BY GLORIA NAKIYIMBA

Capital Radio has unveiled a new promotion this festive season in which one lucky listener will win a brand new Toyota Mark Grand car. The General Manager Capital Radio Peter Mungoma says the promotion aims to reward listeners for their loyalty.

“It is aimed at saying Thank you for being good customers, thank you for being good listeners and because it is the season of giving, we think it should continue and it starts with Capital and our partners to give back to our loyal listeners” he said.

In the Win a car promotion, listeners will also be able to win an instant prize of 50,000 every day and other prizes from partners as a way of rewarding them for their loyalty.

“Listeners and clients have an opportunity to win a car which is really the most exciting part of the promotion. All they have to do is go any of participating partners of ours, spend some money with them, will be given a coupon with a code which will allow them to go into the draw” Mr. Mungoma averred.

The Prize

The grand prize is a Toyota Grande Mark two solon car worth millions of shillings.

“It’s one of Uganda’s favorite cars Toyota. Toyota is a good car!. It’s a car fully registered, you’ll be able to get your keys and get a log book to your ride” said Mungoma.

The car is currently on display in the Capital gardens at Plot 1 A cooper road Kisementi – Kololo. As the campaign gains momentum, the car will be displayed at different outlets of participating partners.

How to participate and win.

The general manager Peter Mungoma says there are two ways in which to participate in the promotion.

The first one is to listen to Capital Fm. Presenters will be giving out three codes every day for six days.

This will happen during the Breakfast Show with Gaetano and Lucky, AM-PM with Flavia and during the Over drive show with Oulanya and Tattu.

“All you have to do as the listener, once the cue to call is given, just call in, give us the code then you will go into a draw to win the car. But also you win an instant prize of 50,000 shillings to every listener who calls and gives the right code” he explained

The second way is to walk into any of our partners premises, spend some money with them.

According to Mr. Mungoma, “Spend money in those areas for whatever service or product that you are getting, you will win an instant prize but you’ll also be given a coupon which will allow you to go into the draw for the ultimate prize. The more times you spend at these outlets of our partners, the more chances you have of winning a car”.

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Dennis Ssentongo Capital Radio’s Sales Manager says the grand draw will be held on 10th of January 2019.

The Partners

This is a joint promotion to reward both listeners and clients this Christmas

According to Ssentongo the number one station in Uganda has proudly partnered with leading brands in the market to make this promotion a dream come true for the winner.

The partners are Hisense, Samsonite, KFC, Lazio Italian restaurant, Torino bar and restaurant, Comfort Homes, Water & Pumps International, The Athena Hotel, Nina Interiors Ltd, Kasenge Forest Resort, Universal M. Entp, and Victory tour and travel center.

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