The minister for the Presidency and Kampala city has directed KCCA to implement tough guidelines on the placement of kiosks, telecommunication infrastructure and digging up of roads in Kampala.
Frank Tumwebaze, in a July 22, 2013 letter to Kampala Capital City Authority Executive Director Jennifer Semakula Musisi, directs the city authority to expedite the guidelines in which all kiosks must be approved by KCCA's Physical Planning Director at a fee of Shs 500,000.
The guidelines were drafted by the KCCA's directorate of Physical Planning in 2011, and they were awaiting approval of the minister. It is not clear when they will commence.
"However, location of kiosks on the following streets shall strictly be prohibited: Parliamentary Avenue, Apollo Kaggwa road, Nile Avenue, Yusuf Lule road, Bombo road, Nakasero road, Ternan Avenue, Kyaggwe road, Kampala road and Entebbe road," the guidelines state in part.
Only kiosks involved in the following trade activities are to be allowed in the city: newspaper vendors, telecommunication and related products, watch repairs, stamp makers, shoe shiners (and) others that may be approved by KCCA's director of physical planning.
The new guidelines follow a meeting between KCCA and telecommunication service providers, after City Hall noted the "clatter of kiosks and telecommunication masts across the country," according to Tumwebaze's letter.
"It was agreed that guidelines be put in place to manage the placement of kiosks and installation of telecom facilities in the city. The objective is to enhance the aesthetics and guided placement of kiosks and telecommunication masts in the city, in addition to facilitating easy access to mobile service providers by the public," the document states.
Under the new guidelines, existing kiosks are required to obtain a permit from KCCA "within 30 calendar days after commencement date of these guidelines."
The guidelines also recommend that telecom kiosks should have a specific size.
"For telecom kiosks, it will be 3ft wide x 5ft long x 7ft height. For other kiosks, the size shall be 3ft wide x 6ft long x 7ft height. A minimum set back of 4ft from the road kerb face shall be observed," the letter states.
The directive further states that kiosks in the Central division shall be made out of fiber glass or any other premium quality material while those outside the Central division can be made of wood, fiber glass, metallic or canvas as approved by the director of Physical Planning.
On the issue of road cutting by telecommunication companies seeking to lay cable networks underneath, the guidelines require that these companies first seek permission from KCCA and also restore the road to its original condition after completing their work. These companies are also required to pay Shs 500,000 to facilitate the inspection of their works by KCCA.
However, the fees are non-refundable even if permission has been denied, the guidelines state.