Kadaga to investigate KCCA buses deal
Kadaga directs the committee to investigate KCCA passenger buses deal. File Photo

Kadaga directs the committee of Parliament on Trade and Tourism to investigate KCCA plan to procure passenger buses

Kadaga to investigate KCCA buses deal – In a move to decongest Kampala City, Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA), recently adopted a motion to purchase 980 passenger buses in March 2020.

The buses are expected to operate around 25km radius in the City Centre, including Kampala-Mukono via along Jinja road, Kampala Nsanji, along Masaka road, Kampala Buloba, along Mityana road, Kampala Wakiso along Hoima road, Kampala Matugga along Bombo road, Kampala Entebbe and Kampala Ggaba road.

The contract will be manned by Tondeka Metro, a transport company in the country.
Payments according to KCCA will be made through the prepaid means that’s by a bus card, to grant the passenger access to the bus.

The proposed single route will cost 1,200, 3,500 for a daily travel card, 18,000 for a weekly card and 55,000 monthly travels.

And according to KCCA plan, the money collected from passengers will be used to pay off the loan used to purchase the 980 passenger buses.

The loan repayment is expected to be completed in three years and after the three years; Tondeka will be open to anyone wishing to acquire shares.

However, the contractor has remained tightlipped on the amount of loan secured for the loan and if the government has accepted to guarantee the loan.

Following the matter, the Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga issued a directive to the Trade and Tourism Committee of Parliament to conduct an enquiry into the alleged statements that KCCA has side-lined Ugandan traders in the procurement of the 980 passenger city buses.

Kadaga to investigate KCCA buses deal
Kadaga directs the committee to investigate KCCA passenger buses deal. File Photo

This was after Alex Ruhunda, legislator Fort Portal Municipality raised a concern that KCCA deal contravenes the Buy Uganda Build Uganda (BUBU) Policy adopted by the government recently to enhance economic development in Uganda.

Ruhunda said KCCA is on a move to procure buses from India, yet Uganda has a bus assembling plant in Namanve which could offer jobs to many Ugandans.

“KCCA is attempting to procure 1000 buses from India, yet President Yoweri Museveni opened a bus assembly industry in Namanve where they can make 50buses per day. They have the machinery but they are redundant. They have all equipment, machinery it is my concern that we continue

“That would be wrong for the country. You investigate this matter and ensure that the Ugandan product is promoted.” Ruhunda added.

Giving her ruling on the matter, Kadaga said that Uganda needs to promote its products to create more employment opportunities and income generation to Ugandans other than creating opportunities to a foreign country.

“If we try to create employment in other countries and there’s unemployment in the country. If we import from India we are supporting the Indian economy. I am giving them one week and they report next week,” Kadaga ruled.