Kampala Capital City Authority- KCCA is considering making Namirembe road non- motorised as one of the ways to decongest downtown Kampala. This is one of the initiatives under the second phase of the Kampala Institutional and Infrastructure Development Project-KIDP supported by World Bank.
The half kilometer road stretches from the junction near Mukwano Centre Shopping Arcade at the foot of Luwum Street to Bakuli Junction. The Acting Deputy Executive Director, Sam Sserunkuma, says plans to make Namirembe road non-motorized are in advanced stages. He said the matter surfaced in council last year but the political wing didn’t pick interest in it.
“I am surprised that this is coming here as an urgent matter,” he said. Sserunkama said the intention to stop cars from plying Namirembe road is good. “The intention of making Namirembe Road non-motorized is good. For those of us who pass there, you can see that the number of people is far greater than the number of vehicles, the amount of trade taking place there is much,” he said.
Sserunkuma argued that if cars are stopped from using the road, it would stimulate convenience and boost trade further.
However, Kampala Central Councilor, Moses Katabu is protesting the move, saying people haven’t been informed about the project. “They are going to use change of that Road but on that road, there is a lot of businesses, a lot of offices and companies and any time from now those people will demonstrate. They don’t know what KCCA will do on that road,” Katabu said during a council meeting held on Wednesday.
Katabu claimed that he has been contacted by traders from Kikubo and Mengo Youth Development Association demanding explanation on how the road will be used. “Your worship people are concerned, I think if the use of this road is going to change, we deserve explanation from the executive director,” Katabu argued.
The KCCA engineering directorate will meet councilors next week for further discussion on the changes on the road.