Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) has embarked on constructing roads which will link the city to the neighbouring districts. The roads will connect the districts of Wakiso and Kampala.
At the launch of the Kasuubi, Lweza and Bunamuwaya roads, the Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) acting executive director Eng. Andrew Kitaka told residents that after the construction of the roads, the transport network will be eased for people connecting from Kampala to Entebbe via Kubuusu.
The 8km road stretches from Kabuusu and connects through Makindye-Sabagabo to Lweza on Entebbe Road.
Kitaka also commissioned Kulambiro Ring Road which connects Kampala to Kira town council.
Kitaka said negotiations to have the road works started have taken close to three years since KCCA had to convince the communities of both the divisions to give away some of their land to KCCA land to pave way for the development.
He told residents that KCCA secured funds from the World Bank under the Kampala Institutional Infrastructure Development (KIIDP II), at a tune of $185m for the projects in which the five divisions are meant to benefit.
Political leaders speak out
Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago appreciated the residents who have given in their land for the project. He, however, told residents that they should demand value for money.
“It is everybody’s responsibility to see that the road is worth the amount of money the World Bank has injected into the project. The contractor should perform to the community’s expectation because this money is a loan which you will pay,” Lukwago said.
He said Lweza-Bunamwaya like, Kulamabiro and other roads in Kampala are among those which are in a terrible state and are in urgent need of repair.
Wakiso district LC5 chairman Matia Bwanika explained that the road has been in a sorry state, adding that anybody who sabotages any project in Wakiso is also betraying Ugandans who are meant to benefit.
“This road does not only belong to Bunamwaya-Lweza residents but many people use this road to connect to Entebbe and Rubuga to Kampala,” Bwanika said.
Joyce Nabbosa Ssebuguwawo the Lubaga Mayor warned residents over theft of the contractors’ equipment and fuel from the trucks.
Makindye Mayor Erias Nsubuga requested KCCA to start construction works from Lweza, since part of the road in Kubuusu is still in good shape.
“I request as a neighbour of KCCA to be assisted on some of the feeder roads,” Nsubuga said.
The chairman of Bunamwaya division, Salongo Kabuzi, asked that causal jobs be given to the locals.
Jackie Nabumba a resident said the road is going to ease communication between Entebbe and Rubaga division. "We have waited for long," she said.
Sarah Nakiwolo a resident who donated her land said she did so because she was fed up with the dust on the road.
Francis Mugarura a resident said that the project will benefit all the residents adding that he gave away his land after being sensitised on the benefits of the project.
“It took residents time to give in their land so we had to convince them for long,” Pastor Mark Kiyanga of Redeemed Church in Bunamwaya said.
The road is part of the World Bank Project worth U$173m given to KCCA for the rehabilitation of several roads in the city.
The project has two components; the widening and construction of city roads, drainage and associated infrastructure. The second component is the institutional and systems development support – this aims to strengthen the capacity of KCCA to deliver on its mandate.
The project is being implemented by KCCA in the five Kampala divisions of Central, Nakawa, Makindye, Kawempe, and Rubaga.