Boda Bodas, trucks and pedestrians not allowed on new Kampala flyover

Boda Bodas, trucks and pedestrians not allowed on new Kampala flyover

Kampala, Uganda | By Michael Wandati | The newly constructed Kampala flyover will restrict access to pedestrians, boda bodas, and vehicles exceeding 7.5 tons, according to Works and Transport Minister, General Edward Katumba Wamala.

This restriction extends to the tunnel connecting to Arena Mall en route to Nsambya. Gen. Katumba emphasized the use of designated crossing points for pedestrians, cautioning that compensation would not be provided for accidents occurring elsewhere on the Kampala flyover.

Furthermore, Gen.Katumba urged cooperation from the public in reporting government vehicles driven recklessly. He encouraged citizens to capture and share images on social media for identification and apprehension.

The minister directed the Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) to enforce the 2019 Road Safety Act, prohibiting business activities in road reserves and along roadsides to enhance traffic flow and pedestrian freedom.

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Under the Road Safety Act, conducting business on road shoulders or reserves is an offense, punishable by fines or imprisonment. Despite KCCA’s earlier smart city campaign evicting street vendors, the minister’s directive aims to reinforce measures against such activities.

David Luyimbazi, Deputy Executive Director (KCCA), affirmed plans to halt operations in the frontages of buildings and streets as per the minister’s instructions. He highlighted the post-NAM plan to decongest the city, promising regular enforcement and supervision.

John Bosco Ssejjemba, Director of Road Infrastructure at the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA), pledged collaboration with KCCA to clear road reserves based on the NAM activities.