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                                We will prioritize footbridges when planning roads;  we plan to get street vendors off the streets and all taxis back to the old taxi park
                            
                            
                                                
                            
                                                            KAMPALA, Uganda, January 20, 2022/APO Group/ -- 
                                                        
                            Members of parliament have tasked the Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) with decongesting the Central Business District (CBD) by cutting out boda boda passengers and reducing public service vehicles.



At a meeting of the Physical Infrastructure Committee, Tororo District Member of Parliament, the Hon. Sarah Opendi, said that the CBD should have less motorized activity.

“This report says nothing about the boda boda jockeys.  What's the plan?  Should it be left to work outside of the CBD?”  Opendy asked.

He noted that over the years, the KCCA has done nothing to consider sidewalks for pedestrians.

  “KCCA focuses more on road construction for automobiles and does not cater to pedestrians.  They don't take road safety into account at all, but we have so many accidents in this city.  Prioritize road safety, especially walkways,” he said.

Hon Stella Atyang (NRM, Moroto District) suggested that KCCA needs to build tram lines where drainage canals run as one of the ways to decongest the city.

“Most of the drainage systems are open.  Can we consider building trams on top of the Nakivubo canal so cars can be dropped off around the Kibuye roundabout so the CBD is left with limited traffic?

Hon Moses Kabuusu (FDC, Kyamuswa County) said delayed road repairs are another cause of traffic congestion in the city.

“When a road has a pothole and needs repair, they dig it up causing more damage and eventually the road is completely ruined.  Why do you dig these potholes with no hope of filling them right away?  I ask.

KCCA Deputy Executive Director David Ssali Luyimbazi said decongesting Kampala will be done by removing vendors and boda bodas from the CBD.

“We will prioritize footbridges when planning roads;  we plan to get the street vendors off the streets and all the taxis back to the old taxi park,” he said.

Minister of State for Kampala Capital City and Metropolitan Affairs Hon Kyofatogabye Kabuye said there are plans whereby public service vehicles will be moved from the CBD to the outskirts.

“We will start by making sure that buses traveling within the country stop in areas outside of Kampala.  For example, those from Gulu Expressway will stop at Bwaise, those from Masaka and Mbarara will stop at Natete, while those from Jinja will stop at Banda.  We don't need to buy land as there are designated parks in these areas,” he said.
Uganda: ‘Remove boda bodas from Central Kampala’

We will prioritize footbridges when planning roads; we plan to get street vendors off the streets and all taxis back to the old taxi park

KAMPALA, Uganda, January 20, 2022/APO Group/ —

Members of parliament have tasked the Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) with decongesting the Central Business District (CBD) by cutting out boda boda passengers and reducing public service vehicles.

At a meeting of the Physical Infrastructure Committee, Tororo District Member of Parliament, the Hon. Sarah Opendi, said that the CBD should have less motorized activity.

“This report says nothing about the boda boda jockeys. What’s the plan? Should it be left to work outside of the CBD?” Opendy asked.

He noted that over the years, the KCCA has done nothing to consider sidewalks for pedestrians.

KCCA focuses more on road construction for automobiles and does not cater to pedestrians. They don’t take road safety into account at all, but we have so many accidents in this city. Prioritize road safety, especially walkways,” he said.

Hon Stella Atyang (NRM, Moroto District) suggested that KCCA needs to build tram lines where drainage canals run as one of the ways to decongest the city.

“Most of the drainage systems are open. Can we consider building trams on top of the Nakivubo canal so cars can be dropped off around the Kibuye roundabout so the CBD is left with limited traffic?

Hon Moses Kabuusu (FDC, Kyamuswa County) said delayed road repairs are another cause of traffic congestion in the city.

“When a road has a pothole and needs repair, they dig it up causing more damage and eventually the road is completely ruined. Why do you dig these potholes with no hope of filling them right away? I ask.

KCCA Deputy Executive Director David Ssali Luyimbazi said decongesting Kampala will be done by removing vendors and boda bodas from the CBD.

“We will prioritize footbridges when planning roads; we plan to get the street vendors off the streets and all the taxis back to the old taxi park,” he said.

Minister of State for Kampala Capital City and Metropolitan Affairs Hon Kyofatogabye Kabuye said there are plans whereby public service vehicles will be moved from the CBD to the outskirts.

“We will start by making sure that buses traveling within the country stop in areas outside of Kampala. For example, those from Gulu Expressway will stop at Bwaise, those from Masaka and Mbarara will stop at Natete, while those from Jinja will stop at Banda. We don’t need to buy land as there are designated parks in these areas,” he said.

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