Robert Kalumba the KCCA Deputy Spokesperson said that they had no option but to enforce the NMT after several warnings to boda-boda riders and vendors. He says that the enforcement is meant to allow smooth business operation in the city without congestion.
Capital City Authority (KCCA) and Police on Thursday impounded more than motorcycles
that were found parked in the Non-Motorized Transport Corridor along Namirembe
In 2018 KCCA started construction of Uganda’s first non-motorized transport
corridor which stretches from Namirembe road through Luwum street to Entebbe
road. The corridor was meant for cyclists and pedestrians while cargo trucks
would be allowed only between 10 pm and 6 am to load and offload goods.
The corridor was commissioned amidst anticipation that it would reduce
congestion along the stretch and easy access to shops downtown.
However ever since the road was completed and commissioned, it hasn't operated
any different from other roads in the city center, it has vehicles,
motorcycles, bicycles, and pedestrians. The stretch also hosts hundreds of
street vendors making it congested.
observed police officers plucking off number plates of all vehicles that were
found parked in the corridor. The impounded motorcycles were taken to the
Central Police Station.
Robert Kalumba the KCCA Deputy Spokesperson said that they had no option but to enforce
the NMT after several warnings to boda-boda riders and vendors. He says that the
enforcement is meant to allow smooth business operation in the city without
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Last week, Kampala Capital City Authority-KCCA started installing bike racks
along the Non-Motorized Transport-NMT corridor to ease parking by cyclists.
Last year, the State Minister for Works and Transport Fred Byamukama told KCCA
to implement the Non-Motorized Transport along that corridor if they are to
entice government and donors to fund further projects of that kind. KCCA plans
to have another such project along Makerere Hill road.