By Taddeo Bwambale
Youth in Kampala who are benefiting from a government fund to start businesses will not access the funds more than once, under the current pilot phase of the scheme.
The Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) executive director, Jennifer Musisi explained the terms of the fund during her first live twitter chat with the public on issues affecting the city.
Musisi responded to tweets sent under the hashtag #AskTheED, through KCCA’s official twitter account that has 14,700 followers. Over 100 tweets were sent to her during the session.
During the two-hour engagement that started at 3:00pm Wednesday, questions from the public focused on service delivery areas in the city such as roads, street lights and the transport system.
Carolyne Agudo tweeted that youth benefiting from the KCCA youth fund through Centenary Bank need to access the funds more than once. But Musisi responded that doing so would deny others a chance to benefit from the scheme.
Asked by Yasmin Mayanja about vandalism of street lights and darkness in parts of the city, Musisi replied that solar lights had been installed in areas such as Mbogo Road Kabakanjagala. She stated that there was need for sensitization and community policing to curb the vice.
Musisi disclosed that construction of Makindye road would start next year, saying designs for the road were complete. Julius Mukuye had raised concern on the sorry state of the road.
Asked by Benon Twinamasiko when Pioneer Easy Buses were expected to resume operations, Musisi equivocally replied: “Yes, we're also waiting for them to resume.”
In 2013, Uganda Revenue Authority impounded a fleet of Pioneer buses for defaulting on sh8b tax, bringing operations of the company to a halt.
President Museveni directed Pioneer Easy Bus, KCCA and URA to negotiate on a plan by the company to pay the money in installments while it resumes operations.
Musisi, in a related twitter response said KCCA was encouraging the private sector to supply buses for city bus transport.
On the failure by KCCA to get rid of beggars along streets, Musisi said there was need to build shelters for homeless city dwellers, an ambit of the ministry of gender.
On the insecurity between Police Fire Brigade Station to Usafi Park especially at night, Musisi said KCCA had notified Police who are handling the matter.
Jeff Geoffrey Kawooya wrote: “The noise from Makindye, Kabalagala, Kabusu, Kamwokya..etc is too much,” to which Musisi responded: “I know! But we’re working on it.”
Jasper Ocang tasked Musisi to explain reports that KCCA unfairly evicted Kisekka market traders without giving alternative place.
Musisi replied that: “They were notified as legally provided for...KCCA cannot provide alternatives for all who settle illegally.”