At Ben Kiwanuka and Ssebana Kizito Streets, floods paralyzed the movement of both pedestrians and motorcycles. Traders with shops dealing in Agricultural products in Container village along Ssebana Kizito were forced to close after water entered their shops.
in Kampala were on Thursday disrupted following a heavy downpour that lasted
nearly an hour.
Kiwanuka and Ssebana Kizito Streets, floods paralyzed the movement of both
pedestrians and motorcycles. Traders with shops dealing in Agricultural
products in Container village along Ssebana Kizito were forced to close after
water entered their shops.
Some traders attributed the floods to the drainage system along the road that
was blocked. They asked Kampala Capital City Authority-KCCA to
desilt the drainage to allow easy water flow.
Luganda vox pop
//Cue in: "Enkuba eno ensanze…
Cue out: ...kitambule bulungi"//
There were also floods at the Clock Tower, Jinja Road traffic junction, and John
Babiiha Road near the Golf Club.
bigger box culverts were constructed during the expansion of the road by KCCA,
a substantive amount of water, from parts of Nakasero and Yusuf Lule road flooded
the road posing yet another ugly experience for road users especially
pedestrians and those using Boda Bodas.
The causes of floods in Kampala include poor drainage systems since several
drainage channels especially those underground are decades old and were
constructed to allow safe passage of smaller amounts of stormwater compared to
the water currently seen.
The drainage system is further affected by the poor garbage disposal habits of
the people of Kampala who dump waste on streets and in drainage channels causing
There is a common habit that when rain falls, city dwellers release
both human and domestic waste into drainage channels and compounds to be washed
away by stormwater.
KCCA is currently constructing bigger drainage channels as part of its road
construction projects, expanding existing drainage channels like Nakamiro and
Nsooba, and conducting mass sensitization campaigns named Bulungi Bwasi which
among others seek to promote good garbage disposal habits.
In 2017 KCCA
came up with a drainage master plan which if implemented, it is believed shall
put an end to the problem of floods in Kampala.
The Authority needs over 774 billion shillings to implement the plan but is yet
to receive funding.