George Agaba, the KCCA director physical planning says he has laid down plans for standardizing the construction of kiosks in the city.
Under the new guidelines, traders interested in constructing kiosks in the city shall have to apply after paying a non refundable fee of 500,000 shillings to KCCA. Agaba says the recommended standard size for kiosk is three feet, by 7 feet.
He says kiosks in the central business district shall be made of fiber glass or preferably aluminum, while kiosks outside the central business district shall be made up of fibre glass, metallic canvas and wood.
Agaba also says that KCCA shall only allow kiosks that deal in activities that include news vending, watch repairs, stamp repairers and shoe shiners. He says other activities shall include telecoms and other related business opportunities that may be approved by KCCA physical planning department.
He says the kiosks may be allocated on private property along gazette streets, road reserves and open spaces.
But Agaba pointed out parliamentary avenue, Appollo Kagwa road, Nile Avenue, Yusuf Lule, Bombo road, Nakasero road and Entebbe road as some of the roads where kiosks have been prohibited permanently.
However the new guidelines have not gone well with Erias Lukwago the lord mayor Kampala city, who argues that as the city lord mayor, any policy that is introduced in the city including guidelines for erection of the kiosks has to be first discussed and endorsed by the authority.
Lukwago cites article 11(e) of KCCA 2010 act which says as the lord mayor he is mandated to head the authority in developing strategies and programs for the development of the capital city, which has not been the case with the guidelines on setting up kiosks.
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