By Aminah Nagadya
Whenever it rains, pedestrians, motorists, and slum dwellers, who operate or reside in flood-prone areas are at risk.
The Executive Director of Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA), Ms. Dorothy Kisaka, said there are specific areas in the five divisions of the city that have always been vulnerable to floods.
Ms. Kisaka named Clock Tower near Queens Way, Meat Packers, Portbell, Mukwano near the Kibuli Police Barracks, Kanywankoko in Kitintale, areas near Lugogo Mall, and Kasanga-Ggaba as the high-risk areas.
She attributes the floods to poor waste management, encroachment on wetlands and water draining corridors.
“We are building in Lubigi and Namamiro and other drainage systems around the city. We are starting a huge project in the next few months that will see drainages constructed, 70kms of roads that are going to be constructed under the African Development Bank project,” Ms. Kisaka said.
Ms. Kisaka said President Museveni has tasked administrators to ensure that no one settles or undertakes development in wetlands in order to conserve the environment.
“Encroaching on the water corridor is a bad habit that has gone on for years and it is causing more flooding around the city,” she said.