Mukono Municipality Struggles to Popularize Draft Physical Development Plan :: Uganda Radionetwork

Nubuwati Kalumba, a resident of Mukono municipality, wonders why the municipality is calling stakeholders after drafting the whole physical plan, when they were never consulted at the beginning.

The municipality of Mukono struggles to popularize the new physical development plan unveiled last week. The plan is intended to guide planning and establish orderly settlements in the region.

However, the project is facing heavy criticism from mainly the business community and residents who claim it is meant to wreak havoc under the guise of streamlining development.

Nubuwati Kalumba, a resident of Mukono municipality, wonders why the municipality is calling stakeholders after drafting the whole physical plan, when they were never consulted at the beginning.

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The draft physical plan, which is currently under discussion with various stakeholders, is sponsored by the government through the Ministries of Kampala Metropolitan Area and Lands, Housing and Urban Development. It was developed at 500 million shillings.

Just as it is meant to provide a framework for orderly, sustainable, gradual and holistic development, the business community is afraid of harsh implementation, especially in the already developed area.

Jonathan Mugerwa, a trader from Mukono Central Division, says several areas included in the draft plan have settlements with expensive infrastructure that is difficult to replace. “It’s hard for us to interpret, especially when it’s backed by the authorities in Kampala, they failed to streamline the development of the city and are now jumping to Mukono. We are concerned that this is a plot to brutalize traders in Mukono municipality,” notes Mugerwa.

Mukono City Clerk Godfrey Kisekka warns residents and the business community that such negative criticism is meant to sabotage the proper implementation of a good development plan.

According to Kisekka, since the elevation of Mukono City Council to municipal status in 2010, it lacked a physical development plan, which facilitated disorderly developments in the area.

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The project aims to rationalize unplanned urban areas which are developing at very high speed. In the central division of Mukono, he mainly targets the districts of Gulu, Anthony-Namumira, Nsuube-Kawuga and Ntawo, while in Goma he is interested in Nyenje, Bukerere, Seeta, Nantabulirwa and Misindye.

The project also looks at mainstreaming climate change adaptation and mitigation in urban centers, especially in industrial park areas like Namanve. The chairperson of the National Physical Planning Council, Dr Amanda Ngabirano warns against the politicization of development issues by some residents and politicians, saying such habits prevent the improvement of relevant standards.

She appeals to the GIPEA Africa consultant to show fairness when carrying out his work in Mukono to create competitive and innovative cities within the Greater Kampala Metropolitan Region.