The government has recently commenced a comprehensive transportation system overhaul in Kampala by initiating road tarmacking projects within various city divisions.
Kampala, Uganda – Under the auspices of the Smart City Arrangement project, the Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) began the process of tarmacking roads in Rubaga, Nakawa, and Makindye divisions approximately two weeks ago.
The ambitious project, as outlined by Eng. David Luyimbazi, the deputy executive director of KCCA, is slated for completion within a two-year timeframe. Funding, totaling $288 million (approximately 1.1 trillion Ugandan Shillings), has been secured from the African Development Bank to support the road infrastructure upgrade.
Amidst the anticipation and excitement among residents regarding improved road networks, some concerns are emerging about potential rent increases.
In Rubaga division, Wamala Road, which spans Mutundwe, Wakulukuku, Kabowa, Najjanakumbi, and part of Makindye division, is among the roads slated for tarmacking.
Umaru Kafeero, the LC chairman of Kabowa, expressed his contentment, saying, “We are happy that the Government has responded to our demands. Our division, Rubaga, has long struggled with a subpar road network. The Government had previously neglected us, but now we are optimistic that our area will experience rapid development.”
Joseph Mugisha, a property broker, acknowledges that the tarmacking of murram roads is likely to lead to increased rental fees and land prices. He states, “Owners of properties, particularly commercial buildings, will likely raise rental fees. Additionally, land prices are expected to appreciate.”
KCCA, in the midst of these developments, is urging city residents to refrain from littering water bottles in drainages and on roads.
Further enhancements to the city’s transportation system are also underway. With funding provided by the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA), KCCA is gradually replacing roundabouts with 27 signal junctions featuring traffic lights and two pedestrian lanes. The project, estimated at $18 million, encompasses locations such as Mulago Mortuary, Rwenzori Courts, Grand Imperial, and Kubiri.
Eng. David Luyimbazi notes, “Upon completion, this initiative is expected to alleviate traffic congestion in these areas.”
As part of the broader transport revitalization efforts, the government is investing in the renovation of the railway infrastructure, particularly the construction of a concrete sleeper railway line in Mukono, Kireka, and Bweyogerere areas. Commuters have experienced temporary traffic disruptions along Jinja Road in Kireka as a result of this railway project.
During this period, motorists and cyclists have faced temporary restrictions from branching off Jinja Road to access Kabaka Road, Kinawataka, and Nakawa areas, leading to notable traffic congestions along Jinja Road.