By Andrew Irumba
Kampala: President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has on July 19 commissioned the construction of the Kabuusu-Bunamwaya-Lweza road in Makindye Ssabagabo, estimated to cost 97 billion Shillings the first project under the proposed Greater Kampala Economic Development Strategy.
The 2.66km in Kampala and 5.4km in Wakiso is the first project under the proposed Greater Kampala Economic Development Strategy funded by the World Bank through the Kampala Institutional Infrastructure Development Project 2 (KIIDP 2).
Part of road construction started in May, 2019 is undertaken by China State Construction and Engineering Corporation Ltd and it is expected to be completed within 15 months. The road which is currently leveled, will be paved with covered drains, raised pedestrian walkways and solar street lights with traffic signal functions at Kabuusu and Lweza junctions.
According to KCCA spokesperson Peter Kaujju, 208 people are affected by the
project, 198 of whom offered part of the land without compensation however, he
assured residents that the authority shall work with the leadership of Wakiso District
to implement the project.
The road will serve as an alternative route to Kajjansi and Entebbe connecting to major highways like Kampala Northern by Pass and Entebbe Expressway.
The Minister in Charge of Kampala Beti Olive Kamya said that the project is a great start of the cooperation between Kampala and Wakiso, which forms part of the metropolitan area for the capital city. She says that the two districts cannot work in isolation because Wakiso not only surrounds Kampala but hosts millions of people that work in the city.
Makindye Ssabagabo, Emmanuel Ssempala Kigozi, welcomed the development saying it would improve the welfare of the people. He said, in working with Kampala, emphasis should be put on Wakiso because it hosts households that conduct business in Kampala and asked the government to construct more drainage channels in the Municipality to control flooding.