Kampala. Kampala Capital City Authority’s (KCCA) acting executive director Andrew Mubiru Kitaka has said KCCA will focus on development of infrastructure to ease mobility as one of its major plans for the city in the first six months.
“In the next three to six months, we have set an ambitious yet achievable plan across our areas of operation ranging from road works, street lighting, waste management, revenue administration and economic empowerment of the city among others,” Mr Kitaka said.
He made the remarks last evening while addressing journalists at City Hall.
This was his first media encounter since he was appointed acting KCCA executive director last year by Kampala minister Beti Kamya following the resignation of Ms Jennifer Musisi.
Mr Kitaka said the plan is to have five more city roads constructed and others renovated.
The five roads are Kulambiro and Ntinda-Nakawa Road, John Babiiha Road (Acacia Avenue) in central division, Kabusu-Bunamwaya-Lweza Road in Rubaga division and Lukuli Road in Makindye Division.
The five roads are under the second batch of the second Kampala Institutional and Infrastructural Project (KIIDP-2).
KIIDP-2 is a five year project funded by World Bank and it seeks to improve Kampala’s road network and construction of drainage channels.
Mr Kitaka also noted that with funding from the Department for International Development (DIFD), KCCA will do sectorial repairs on city roads and junctions.
These include Binaisa Road and Mulago junctions, Bandali Rise junction with Luthuli Village (Village mall access), Fifth street rehabilitation, Portbell maintenance, Masaka Road drainage, rehabilitation of Salaama roads and accesses, restoration of Natete junction traffic lights and upgrading of Nanfumbambi and George Sserwadda roads.
Others are; road marking for street parking bays, construction of walkways in the Central Business District (CBD) on roads such as Kimathi Avenue, Sir Apollo Kaggwa, Parliament Avenue, Siad Barre, Nile Avenue and Kampala and Jinja road.
He also said KCCA will install traffic lights in all places across the five divisions of Kampala.
When asked whether he is not worried about the politics at City Hall which partly pushed out his predecessor, Ms Musisi, he said that he was ready to work with the political wing to ensure service delivery in the city.
“We shall have to work with the political wing to ensure consensus because we all need each other. We shall therefore work harmoniously,” he said.
In an interview with Daily Monitor, KCCA’s director of Public and corporate affairs, Mr Peter Kaujju, said Ms Musisi had built systems which will continue to deliver services to city dwellers even after her departure.
“There are systems in place and that’s why we have managed to walk a journey of seven years and a half. We are aiming higher in comparison with our plan to propel the city forward,” he said.