During a council sitting on Wednesday at the Kampala Capital City Authority-KCCA hall, Deputy Lord Mayor Doreen Nyanjura presented to the council a resolution by the City Executive Committee-CEC to establish a fund to support people living with Sickle Cell and promote sensitization about the condition.
City Executive Committee has asked Parliament to establish a Sickle Cell Fund
in memory of the late Businessman Bulaimu Muwanga Kibirige commonly known as
BMK, the proprietor of Hotel Africana was laid to rest on Sunday. He succumbed
to prostate cancer at Agha Khan Hospital in Nairobi on Friday.
During a council sitting on Wednesday at the Kampala Capital City
Authority-KCCA hall, Deputy Lord Mayor Doreen Nyanjura presented to the council
a resolution by the City Executive Committee-CEC to establish a fund to support
people living with Sickle Cell and promote sensitization about the condition.
BMK founded the Uganda Sickle Cell Rescue Foundation to promote awareness for
the disease and empower economically, people living and affected by Sickle
Cell. He was also behind the Sickle Cell Run which saw the proceeds of three
consecutive annual Kabaka Birthday events being invested in Sickle Cell
campaigns and empowerment.
Nyanjura says parliament should establish a fund through an Act of parliament
to promote awareness about Sickle Cell disease, conduct research and empower
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a 2016 Lancet Global Health publication, in Uganda, 20 000 babies per year are
thought to be born with sickle cell disease. Information obtained from the
Ministry of Health website indicates that currently, 33,000 babies are born
annually with the disease of which, 80 percent die before the age of 5 years.
The City’s Executive Committee further proposed to the council to have a road
named after BMK in Kampala. They suggested that Wampewo Avenue where Hotel Africana
Hotel is located should be changed to BMK Avenue.
The KCCA Act of 2010 as amended, under the third schedule, gives the mandate to
identify and name roads and streets to the City Council.
says that BMK is an inspiration to the people to work hard and emerge
prosperous and therefore a road should be named after him to remind people of
such a great businessman.
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Executive further proposed to have a road named after the late Metropolitan
Jonah Lwanga, the fallen Archbishop of the Orthodox Church. Lwanga also died of
Cancer while on a work trip in Greece.
Nyanjura presented before the council a CEC resolution that the road connecting
Masiro Road to Nakibinge Road in Rubaga Division be named after Metropolitan
Lwanga. She described the deceased as a strong man who spoke out against
injustices in this country.
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Central Two Councillor Moses Kataabu seconded the proposal of CEC but proposed
that the matter be deliberated and implemented without conflict.
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The majority of the council members were in agreement with the resolutions of
CEC but resolved to have the matter referred to the Standing Committee of
Physical Planning such that they make a comprehensive search on the history of
the roads suggested.
According to KCCA guidelines, after a road has been named, the Directorate of Physical
Planning makes the entries in the online system and entered them on Google and
open street maps.
Dastur street which the council earlier resolved to be named after the late
former Kampala Mayor Nasser Ntege Ssebbaggala is yet to be changed.