KCCA Buses to replace taxis in 2020 NEXT YEAR
KCCA says Buses to replace taxis, and Boda Bodas to be limited access to certain areas in Kampala. File Photo

KCCA: Buses to replace taxis, Boda Bodas to be limited access to certain areas in Kampala

Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) has outlined next year’s plan that will see the introduction of buses to replace taxis and other public means of transport in Kampala city.

While addressing about the plan yesterday, Wednesday 19th, the acting executive director, Andrew Kitaka who has now marked one year since he took over control of the city after the resignation of Jennifer Musisi said that the new initiative is aimed at reducing on the city traffic jam and congestion.

Kitaka who was also first to commend the work of his predecessor Jennifer Musisi for starting the initiative implied that discussions are already underway with companies to provide them with the buses.

Besides the high capacity transport buses, Kitaka also implied that they are also looking to enable improvement in passenger railway transport.

“We are soon concluding the discussion with companies interested in providing buses.
We are also working with Uganda Railway Corporation to reintroduce the passenger railway transport, what we used to call (Kayoola),” Kitaka said adding that they have achieved so many milestones within what was set out to be done by the authority.

He, however, pinpointed that some burning issues yet to be handled including unbearable traffic, bad roads, garbage, noise pollution among others.

Kitaka buses to replace taxis
Buses will help to reduce the city traffic jam and congestion

Meanwhile, he also mentioned the issue of unregistered bodabodas which he said are not being registered but will be put in the gazetted place and stop them from accessing some parts of the city

“If we expand the railway services to Mukono, Luzira and Bujjuko where the railway line exits, it will have a tremendous impact on the number of people travelling by road,” Kitaka added.

Who is Andrew Kitaka

Eng. Andrew Kitaka was appointed last year to the position of the acting executive director of Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA).

Andrew Kitaka replaced Jennifer Musisi, who surprisingly resigned from the role in mid-October that year

Andrew Kitaka holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Makerere University and a Master’s degree in Road and Transportation Engineering from IHE/Delft University in the Netherlands.

Kitaka attended Kings College Buddo and Namilyango College for his O and A level, respectively.

He is a registered engineer with the Engineer’s Registration Board (ERB) of Uganda and is a member of the Uganda Institution of Professional Engineers (UIPE).

His profile further shows that he has attended specialised training courses in urban transportation planning and reform in Japan and Ghana.

Kitaka was on the government delegation to Bogota, Colombia in 2008 to study the state of the art rapid bus transit system for possible implementation in greater Kampala in a bid to alleviate traffic congestion in the city.

He began his engineering career in the private sector with Kagga & Partners Consulting Engineers before he joined public service, working as a projects engineer at the Road Agency Formation Unit (RAFU) at the Ministry of Works.

Kitaka later joined the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) from where he joined the European Union to work as an operations officer in charge of roads infrastructure.

When government rebranded the Kampala City Council (KCC) to Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA), Kitaka was appointed the first director of engineering and technical services, a position he has held to date.

Besides KCCA, he also does consultancy work for both local and international organisations. For instance, in June 2018, he worked as a senior business analyst for Huron Consulting Group in Illinois, Chicago.

By John Dalton Kigozi