Kampala, Uganda | By Michael Wandati | The Speaker of Parliament, Anita Among, has urged the Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) to undertake comprehensive road repairs across the city rather than focusing on selective areas.
Speaking during a plenary session on Wednesday, November 15, 2023, Among emphasized that while KCCA is currently engaged in Kampala city road repair efforts, the focus appears to be primarily on roads anticipated to be used by visiting heads of state and dignitaries during the upcoming 19th Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) Summit as well as the Group of 77 (G77) plus China Third South Summit.
The NAM summit will be held at Speke Resort Hotel, Munyonyo, from 15th to 20th January while the G77 summit (Third South Summit) will be held from 21st to 23rd January 2024.
Among emphasized that Ugandans should be prioritized as the first visitors, and all damaged roads should be repaired, not just those leading to Munyonyo. She acknowledged that KCCA has received funding from Parliament and, therefore, should extend road repairs to various parts of the city.
In her statement, Among expressed gratitude to KCCA for addressing potholes but pointed out the need to address issues where the majority of Ugandans reside.
She stated, “I want to thank KCCA for trying to punch the potholes in town. I see, they are trying to punch the potholes; unfortunately, they are punching where the visitors are going to pass. The biggest visitors in this country are us, start with us. We have given you money, punch everywhere, not only the roads leading to Munyonyo.”
The Speaker also raised concerns about the traffic disruptions caused by road closures for repairs, particularly in light of the persistent heavy rains in Kampala, which have rendered some city roads impassable.
Hon. Among stressed the importance of KCCA expanding its road works comprehensively to enhance the city’s aesthetics and create a Kampala that meets the aspirations of its residents. The Speaker assured that Parliament would continue to support KCCA’s beautification efforts.
KCCA has been actively conducting road repairs in various parts of Kampala, including Gabba, Kansanga, and areas near Munyonyo. These repairs are reportedly in preparation for the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) conference, scheduled to take place at Speke Resort Munyonyo in January 2024.