Parliament Grills KCCA Over Stalled Projects

The parliamentary committee on government assurances has tasked Kampala Capital City Authority to explain why projects that fall under KCCA pledged since 2011 are not yet fulfilled.

Hon. Odonga Otto, chairperson of the committee
Hon. Odonga Otto, chairperson of the committee of Government assuarences

The committee chaired by Odonga Otto, the Aruu county MP has began work to check the progress on all government assurances and presidential pledges across the country starting with those made within the city.

The committee was seeking an explanation from KCCA on the issues of street children, the loan given to KCCA by the World Bank for infrastructural development, traffic congestion and the decongestion of Mulago referral Hospital.

Government gave assurances in 2011 and 2012 to address these and several other issues. Now, the committee wants an explanation on why the projects are stalling while some have not kicked off.

However, a team of KCCA officials led by Henry Banyenzaki, the state minister for economic planning and acting minister for the presidency and KCCA assured the committee that work was being done on all the assurances. Banyenzaki said that KCCA is doing street surveillance and children found on streets are removed, registered and taken to Kampilingisa rehabilitation centre.

Henry Banyenzaki
Henry Banyenzaki, state minister for economic planning

He said more than 500 children have so far been transferred. But Nabillah Nagayi Ssempala, the Kampala District Woman MP disagreed. Nabillah argued that the issues of street children hasn’t been fully addressed as the streets are still full of roaming children and others providing cheap labor in city markets.

On the bank loan, he said that save for the projects whose contractors pulled out, most of the projects for which the money was secured like the Bukoto-Kisasi road, Kawempe-Mpelerwe road and the Kalerwe-Titula road were completed and works on the drainage are still ongoing.

KCCA Director Jennifer Musisi
KCCA Director Jennifer Musisi

He also said that the evaluation of bidders for the construction of Kiruudu and Kawempe hospitals has been completed. It is hoped that once completed; the two hospitals will help decongest Mulago national referral hospital. Banyenzaki said the construction work will start in December 2013 and run for two years.

Banyenzaki also told MPs that KCCA has developed the Kampala institutional and infrastructure development program in line with the new five year development plan in a bid to reduce congestion in the city.

He said that the plan will entail the signalization of 27 junctions, reconstruction and upgrading of selected roads in the city. The minister disclosed that JICA is carrying out a preparatory survey to review the pre-feasibility study on the greater Kampala road network.

He added that there is also a plan to regulate taxis through gazetting stages and relocating them in a phased manner to satellite transport terminals and that plans to construct bus terminals are also underway.

MPs said that these assurances remain mostly on paper and that work is either not done or takes longer than the given timeline. Otto has pledged to follow up on the assurances and ensure that the government delivers on them.

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