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Consultant Tasked to Readjust Kitgum Bus Terminal Architectural Designs

Although the Municipal Council officials, local leaders, and businessmen within the Municipality welcomed the architectural design presented by the consultant, they said it missed some key components.
Taxis at Kitgum Main bus park in Central Division.

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Kitgum Municipal Council authorities have asked a consultant undertaking architectural designing of a Modern Bus Terminal to consider making readjustments on the designs.

The call was made on Wednesday, as Comptran Engineering & Planning Associates, team leader Otieku Asamoah presented the final draft architectural design of Kitgum modern Bus Terminal to Kitgum Municipal Council officials.

The Ghanaian consultancy firm procured by Kitgum Municipal Council begun working on the architectural designs of the Bus terminal last year.  The first phase of the infrastructural project expected to cost billions of shillings will be funded by the World Bank through Uganda Support to Municipal Infrastructural Development- USMID.


According to the architectural design the Bus Terminal will have 109 Lockup shops, Ten Ticketing offices, a standby generator, Two Medical offices, nine restaurants, three Nursing mother’s rooms.

Others are 62 Open stalls [outdoor], 340 Open stalls [indoor] and 21 Water points, 19 Bus park slots, 49 Taxi Park slots, 12 Private car parking slots, 84 Toilets, 40 showers, three offices, 22 stores among others. 

The design also included the construction of four roads leading to and around the Main Bus Park. They are, Dr Panganini Road, Louis Ongom Road, Bus Park Avenue and Park Avenue roads all measuring 0.81 kms.

Although the Municipal Council officials, local leaders, and businessmen within the Municipality welcomed the architectural design presented by the consultant, they said it missed some key components.

David Opiyo chairperson of Kitgum Main Bus-park noted that there should be a provision in the architectural designs for a police post and Closed Circuit Cameras for security, lodges for the accommodation of passengers.  

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  Raymond Ocan, Pandwong Division Chairperson however noted that the architectural designs of the selected roads should consider for effective drainage to ease the flow of water owing to poor garbage management by locals.

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Kitgum Municipal Council Engineer Alfred Alexis Abonga on the other hand raised concerns about the need to have a transformer to stabilize the power flow at the bus park.

Emmanuel Banya, Kitgum Municipal Council Town Clerk however raised concerns on the designs of 340 open stalls in the bus park, which he says are too many yet a modern market under construction currently has 1,200 stalls for vendors.

He notes that already, there are 1,200 stalls for vendors under construction at the main market under The Markets and Agricultural Trade Improvement Project (MATIP). 

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Banya says the Municipal Council will formally write to the consultant advising them to instead convert the open stall designs for lockup shops, saloons, or offices.

He however says recommendations made by the stakeholders on the establishment of lodging facilities won’t be possible since the facilities are already available within the Municipality.

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According to Banya, other recommendations made included the addition of sewage lines and the provision of service ducts for future utility installations.

Comptran Engineering & Planning Associates, team leader Otieku Asamoah says the final architectural design will be forwarded to the Program steering committee [PSC] at USMID for approval before it's handed to the Municipal council.

Asamoah however says not everything recommended will be readjusted, reiterating that it won't be possible to readjust the design to have lodges due to cost implications and effects on project duration.

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The Municipal Council have given till the end of May this year when they expect to start relocating taxi and Bus operators and businessmen occupying the bus park.

For now, the consultant is expected to make a readjustment on the architectural designs and later present it to the Municipal council authorities for approval.  They are also expected to present the bill of quantities for the project to pave way for the procurement of a contractor by the Municipal Council.