The junction was meant to be constructed as part of the Bakuli-Nakulabye-Kasubi Road works implemented under the World Bank funded Second Kampala Institutional Infrastructure Development Project (KIIDP2) but because there were vendors operating a roadside market there, road works at that section were halted.
There is excitement among residents and traders in Kasubi, on the outskirts of Kampala in Lubaga
division as construction of the Kasubi Junction takes shape.
The work was initially supposed to be
undertaken as part of the Bakuli-Nakulabye-Kasubi Road reconstruction
implemented under the Kampala Institutional Infrastructure Development
(KIIDP II). But it was halted due to the presence of a roadside market in the area.
Capital City Authority-KCCA has now relocated the vendors to the newly constructed Kasubi
market barely a kilometre away from the Junction to pave way for the roadworks. So far, the contractor Energo Projekt Uganda Limited has
grading the area and laid the sub-base layer which is a mixture of marram and rocks. The junction will be constructed to have traffic lights.
Yona Ssevvule, a transporter who has been operating
in the junction for close to 30 years is optimistic that the road
reconstruction will ease traffic congestion along the road, which
connects to the burial sites of the Kings of Buganda, commonly known as
Amasiro ga ba Sekabaka links to the northern bypass and is also the
main link to the busy centres in Nansana.
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Lukyamuzi, who sells groceries at the junction hopes that the
construction will make the road safer for them especially with
the installation of traffic lights, and aid the business in the area to
boom. Lukyamuzi says that there have been a number of
accidents experienced at the junction as motorists and pedestrians
use the narrow road.
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Kamus, a resident who runs a butchery at the
junction says the poor road had always emitted dust into foodstuffs
making them unattractive for buyers. “People don't like buying meat from
butcheries on dusty roads
because they know that dust from the road ends up in the shops and
on the meat," said Kamus before adding that the construction brings a
of relief to them and their customers.
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The Coordinator of the KIIDP II Project Eng. Stephen Kibuuka
says that according to the contract agreement, the contractor is expected to
have completed works by September 11, 2021.
He however notes that the
contractor has hinted at the progress having being affected by the lockdown and
indicated that the project might be delayed. KCCA and Energo Projekt are yet to
establish the impact of the lockdown and the new completion date.