In a recent announcement by General Edward Katumba Wamala, the Works and Transport Minister, significant restrictions have been imposed on the newly constructed Kampala flyover in Uganda. The minister revealed that pedestrians, boda bodas (motorcycle taxis), and vehicles exceeding 7.5 tons will be prohibited from using the elevated road, including the connected tunnel leading to Arena Mall and Nsambya.
Highlighting the need for safety, General Katumba urged pedestrians to utilize designated crossing points, emphasizing that individuals struck while crossing from unauthorized locations on the flyover would not be eligible for compensation. Additionally, he called upon the public to collaborate in monitoring and reporting government vehicles exhibiting reckless behavior, encouraging citizens to capture such incidents and share them on social media for necessary action.
The minister directed the Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) to enforce the 2019 Road Safety Act, which prohibits business activities within road reserves and on roadsides. General Katumba argued that such practices impede traffic flow and hinder pedestrians’ freedom to use the roads effectively.
Enforcement of the Road Safety Act carries strict penalties, with fines not exceeding 168 currency points, where each currency point is equivalent to Shillings 20,000. Offenders may also face imprisonment for a period not exceeding 7 years, or a combination of both penalties.
The announcement follows the 2022 smart city campaign by KCCA, which aimed to remove street vendors and traders from the city center and various divisions. Despite previous eviction efforts, vendors have returned to the streets, prompting the minister’s directive.
David Luyimbazi, Deputy Executive Director of KCCA, acknowledged the absence of demarcated road reserves and affirmed the authority’s commitment to preventing businesses from operating between buildings and streets. He revealed that KCCA plans to implement the post-NAM plan to decongest the city, emphasizing regular enforcement and supervision.
John Bosco Ssejjemba, Director of Road Infrastructure at the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA), assured collaboration with KCCA to clear road reserves, aligning with the NAM activities.
These comprehensive measures seek to enhance safety, streamline traffic, and foster urban planning initiatives for a more organized and efficient urban landscape.