Kampala — Kampala Capital City Authority's (KCCA) acting executive director Andrew Kitaka on Tuesday higlighted achievements made by the institution since its establishment in April 2011.
Speaking to journalists at Uganda Media Centre (UMC), Mr Kitaka revealed that at the onset, KCCA carried out a major institutional reform to strengthen service delivery in the city.
"As a result, the institution attracted highly skilled and dedicated personnel to plan and execute the city's development and operations guided by KCCA's Strategic Plan. This team streamlined internal processes for revenue management and public accountability," Mr Kitaka said.
Under the physical planning, he noted that KCCA drew the Kampala Physical Development Plan to guide urban planning as a key pillar of the city development policy something he said has significantly changed the city's landscape.
"Under the City Address Model and Computer Aided mass Valuation, 88,579 properties have been numbered in Central and Nakawa Division, 585 house plates installed, 2,599 Street Signage faces have been installed on 1742 road sites, 360 roads have been named in seven parishes in Kawempe Division," he said.
For the last eight years, Mr Kitaka noted that at least 210kms of roads have been upgraded to bitumen and over 500kms of gravel roads maintained while 48 roads with a total length of 54.15km are under construction and will be completed by December 2019.
At least construction of 26km of roads in the city kicked off recently and these include; Lukuli Road, Kabuusu-Bunamwaya-Lweza Road, Nakawa-Ntinda, John Babiha (Acacia) and Kulambiro-Ring Road.
To ease traffic flow in the city, KCCA has also been able to reconfigure and install responsive functional traffic signals at 21 junctions including Nakawa, Natete and Wandegeya, Fairway, Bwaise, Kiira road ,Game Lugogo, Katikati, Kololo Airstrip, Nakulabye & Naguru among others. We installed 4,988 Streetlights in the City, of which 1,560 are solar street lights promoting use of solar street lights.
"To address flooding in the City, we have completed the drainage master plan. With support from World Bank, KCCA will construct Nakamiro Drainage Channel and Lubigi Drainage Channel and the tendering process for the channels is ongoing," he said.
He said that other channels will be constructed with support from World Bank include Nalukolongo Channel, Kansanga Channel and Kinawataka Channel.
He said the Authority needs Shs777 billion to control the floods in the city.
The authority is currently receiving tenders for the construction works meant to increase the size of Lubigi and Nakamilo channel which services Kawempe and Bwaise.
Construction works are expected to start by the end of the year.
Under the health services, KCCA constructed two modern 170-bed hospitals in Makindye and Kawempe and have since been occupied and managed by Mulago Hospital.
"We also opened a new Health Centre in Bukoto, procured 10 state-of-the-art dental units, constructed a maternity ward at Kawaala Health Centre 3, opened a new Health Centre in Bukoto, set up a modern Neo natal clinic, remodeled all the Labs and computerised drugs management. In addition, KCCA renovated - Kisugu Health Center, Komamboga Health Centre, City Mortuary, Kisenyi Health Center and the City Hall Clinic," he said.
Under the infrastructure sector, KCCA has been able to set up infrastructure in some of the city public schools. KCCA currently runs 79 public primary schools.
"We have constructed over 151 classrooms and renovated (61 new) and 6 science laboratories. We also reopened 3 Public libraries. We also distributed over 240 computers in several City schools, supplied 1,485 three-sitter desks to over 22 Schools. 50 Teachers Houses are now rehabilitated," Mr Kitaka said.
However, Mr Kitaka decried limited funding which he said has crippled service delivery in the city.