SIR â€” The takeover of the management of Kampala by the Government is being hotly discussed.
While issues of mismanagement may be the ones directly enticing government takeover, many ordinary residents of the city are more concerned with other issues of mismanagement and in particular the destruction of the environment in upper Kampala like cutting trees, destruction of green areas and fencing off road reserves.
While I am not an enthusiast of the Governmentâ€™s taking over of districts, especially Kampala, the managers at City Hall have not made their case better. It is hard to side with them.
If anything, they have shown that, given a chance, a multipartist or an African at that, will mismanage anything. They seem to have swallowed late Musaziâ€™s sloganeering: â€œlet Europeans give us our independence now! Better misrule ourselves than be ruled by colonialistsâ€.
KCC has shamed us. As a resident of Kololo, I am alarmed that the only planned areas capable of housing diplomatic residences (Kololo and Nakasero) are being turned into villages such that in a few yearsâ€™ time, missions accredited to Uganda might relocate to Nairobi, Dar-es-Salaam or Kigali as was the case in the past, for lack of safe and convenient neighbourhoods in Kampala.
Many Ugandans who move to Kololo want to continue with land-grabbing and other village vices.
They build five-storied structures not knowing this will cause discomfort and insecurity to diplomats. They are destroying green areas and trees. They fence off road reserve up to the tarmac.
A good example is the person at 1 Roscoe road, Kololo but there are many others.
As a result of this, pedestrians now have to use the motorways. Diplomats and other residents will no longer be able to walk their dogs.
They will no longer stroll by the roadside after work. Lovers will no longer sit on the grass by the roadside in the evenings.
School gardens are being fenced off. This has happened to Nakasero P.S. and City High. So where are we headed to? Kololo and Nakasero are being turned into rural villages!
So, if anybody will take over Kampala to rectify the rot, so be it. Maybe privatising it would even be better, if only sanity in its planning and management can be restored.
Baskeverlle Avenue, Kololo
Kololo, Nakasero are becoming villages