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KCCA Executive Committee Wants Sickle Cell Fund Established in Memory of BMK

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.

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The Kampala 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.

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 affected people.

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According to 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.

Nyanjura 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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The 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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Kampala 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.

However, Dastur street which the council earlier resolved to be named after the late former Kampala Mayor Nasser Ntege Ssebbaggala is yet to be changed.