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Gideon Kule, a Cobbler at Mukwano Arcade, says the Road has helped to control unruly Boda boda riders who would over speed. He says they are no longer affected by floods as the drainage system has been worked upon and the road raised.
01 Mar 2020 14:53
Part of Unfininished Namirembe Road NMT

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City dwellers are slowly adjusting to the first Non-Motorised transport in Kampala. In November 2018, Kampala Capital City Authority-KCCA started working on the Shillings 4 billion non-motorised Namirembe road.  

The 2km corridor starts from Entebbe Road and runs through Luwum Street down to Namirembe Road up to Berkley (Bakuli) junction. Boda Bodas, the quickest motorized transport in town shall not be allowed on the road. So far, the authority has eliminated several Boda boda stages to allow pedestrian move freely on the road.  

Gideon Kule, a Cobbler at Mukwano Arcade, says the Road has helped to control unruly Boda boda riders who would over speed. He says they are no longer affected by floods as the drainage system has been worked upon and the road raised. Kule says the place is now conducive for pedestrians, saying it presents an opportunity to his business. 

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Julius Kayemba a Boda boda rider and regular user of the road, says it is still chaotic and unsafe for pedestrians. Boda Bodas still use the road and cause chaos as they cross at any point of the road including carrying their motor cycles to cross into another lane, something that disrupts movement. Kayemba says thieves have taken advantage of the chaos especially in the evening to snatch valuables from pedestrians.  

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Ruth Nakazibwe alias Nalufenya, a street vendor, says the street is neater and more orderly as there are less vehicles.  She however, says their sales have reduced since the road is one way, narrow and with fewer vehicles.

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According to KCCA, walking accounts for 46 per cent of the trips above 1km in Greater Kampala while cycling accounts for only two per cent. Over 2.5 million non-motorised transport trips are performed daily in the metropolitan area, which is expected to increase to eight million by the year 2040.  

KCCA Spokesperson, Peter Kaujju expects construction to be completed this month. Currently the lanes are laid while work on the drainage system is still ongoing. KCCA also wants to install signage and lights to make the road safer. 

Kaujju says once complete, they will fully enforce proper usage of the road, which includes removing Boda bodas, vehicles and vendors. He says trucks carrying merchandise shall be allowed to operate between 10pm and 6am daily.  

 

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According to the design of the corridor, from Bakuli (Mengo) to Jaguar bus terminal, a two-direction flow of vehicles will be permitted. Vehicle movement will be restricted in the section between Jaguar bus terminal and Pride Theatre. From Pride Theatre to Mackay Road (New Taxi Park) and Kisenyi Road, vehicles will be allowed in one direction. 

From New Taxi Park to Ben Kiwanuka Street and Burton Street, vehicles will be restricted, while from Burton Street to Entebbe Road, vehicles will be allowed in one direction. Traffic on Ben Kiwanuka Street and Burton Street will be allowed to cross the NMT route but with organized control at the Ben Kiwanuka junction.