Kampala Lord Mayor, Erias Lukwago has said Parliament cant be relegated to the level of naming roads in Uganda’s capital.
On Sunday, Deputy Speaker Anita Among said a motion will soon be passed in Parliament to see one of the streets in Kampala named after the late Bulaimu Muwanga Kibirige (BMK), the renowned businessman and proprietor of Hotel Africana passed on last week in Nairobi following a four year battle with cancer.
“BMK touched all of us, as Parliament, we agreed that we should not allow his name to die. We will pass a motion and name a street after BMK,” Among told mourners during the burial at Nkoowe in Wakiso district.
However, in a tweet, Lukwago said the idea of naming a street after the deceased business icon, it the role of KCCA to do that job and not parliament.
“Renaming Wampeewo avenue after the fallen BMK is no doubt a brilliant idea, but the Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Among ought to be reminded that Parliament shouldn’t be relegated to the level of a Kampala Capital City Authority Council,”Lukwago said.
Whereas many commentators supported the idea of naming a road after the deceased businessman, renaming Wampeewo Avenue as Lukwago suggested was wrong.
They insisted that there are many other roads with colonial names that they insist should be renamed.
“Good idea. But road names like Kitante and Wampeewo also denote a history of Kampala (about the fauna that was prevalent at inception of the city) we should not lose for future generations. He can be named after a hospital or other facility not necessarily a road,” one Jimmy Kiberu said.
Dicta Asiimwe said; “There are so many unnamed streets, roads including in Wakiso where BMK was buried. Even in Kampala BMK must have impacted other streets beyond Wampewo. It’s so tiring to see streets that already have names being renamed when there are so many unnamed ones?”