Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) is to construct more roads in order to solve the constant traffic jam problem in the city. The executive director Jennifer Musisi says as long as funds are available roads and drainages will be constructed on time.
KCCA is working hard to beat the deadline of the World Bank funded road projects, which is June next year.
The executive director has toured some of the roads that were constructed and those still under construction by KCCA. Musisi says they are to construct more roads to solve the constant traffic jam in the city. Musisi says, ”When access roads are constructed, then few vehicles will use the main roads hence reducing traffic jam.”
She says the biggest challenge is the lack of funds to construct roads on time. Right now KCCA is trying to complete the World Bank funded roads project. “The first phase was completed but it took a while due to the process, now we have started the second phase and hope it will be done by June next year”.
But they still face the compensation problem, which slows down their work. “That is a very big problem because you can’t take someone’s land without paying them, however in some areas like the Kulambiro stretch residents are willing to offer land and expand the road.”
Musisi has however warned all contractor who do shoddy work that they will forfeit working for the authority.
Musisi insists, “We have tried to assess the contractors and get the best. But anyone who does shoddy work, rest assured they will not get another KCCA contract.”
The roads toured today were funded by the government of Uganda and over shillings 29bn have been spent. These include, Nakivubo channel Road, Semugooma road, Namirembe road Kisenyi road,Mutebi and Mengo hill road plus Archer road.