UNRA demolishing Clock Tower
UNRA in final stages of demolishing the 66-year-old Clock Tower structure to pave way for the flyover. PHOTO/NEW VISION

UNRA in final stages of demolishing the 66-year-old Clock Tower structure to pave way for the flyover.

The Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) is demolishing the clock tower in the city centre. The 66-year-old clock tower is going to be demolished to pave way for the construction of the Kampala flyover.

Uganda National Roads Authority says their contractor Shimizu-konoike is going to demolish the existing Clock Tower structure as a way of paving for construction of the pedestrian bridge.

“Our contractor on Kampala Flyover, Shimizu-Konoike JV is set to demolish the existing Clock Tower structure to pave way for construction of a circular pedestrian bridge and new clock tower,” UNRA said through their official social media platforms.

The contractor Shimizu-konoike will construct a new Clock Tower to replace the demolished one according to UNRA.

Allan Ssempebwa the public relations officer at Uganda National Roads Authority says that Shimizu-Konoike the contracted company is undertaking demarcations, excavation and preparatory touches for major works on the project.

“Shimizu-Konoike JV, the contractor on Kampala Flyover project undertaking demarcations and excavation- preparatory touches for major works on the project. Essential works continue during this period,” Ssempebwa said.

Kampala flyover after completion
The proposed Kampala flyover after completion.

The Kampala flyover project will be constructed on the various roads of Kampala which include; Jinja road, Nsambya road, Mukwano road and Clock Tower.

The project is expected to be finished within 36 months. Meanwhile, screw poles and concrete pavement have been put up at the site to guide traffic.

The queen’s Clock Tower is a monument found in the city centre and it was constructed in 1954 in commemoration of her majesty the queen of England, Elizabeth II and Duke of Edinburg, Prince Phillip.

The queen’s first visit was on April 28th 1954 but she returned later in 2007 for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM)

The road stretch from Kibuye roundabout was also named queen’s way in commemoration of the Queen’s visit.

Apart from the Clock Tower monument, Kampala city centre has a lot of monuments which attract a lot of attention and help the government of Uganda to earn from them since they act as tourism centres.

The monuments include the following; the Independence Monument, Nantawetwa Mournument this honours His Majesty the King of Buganda, the Statue of Leadership this is outside Amber house, Centenary Monument located at Centenary Park in Kampala and lastly the World War memorial Monument and this is reputed to be the oldest monument in Kampala and it was built in 1945.