UNRA Wants Market Vendors Off the Road

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Some of the markets mentioned include Kalerwe, Kireka and Busega in Kampala, and Abayita-Ababiri on Entebbe road in Wakiso district.

The Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) is seeking the relocation of market vendors from roads within the urban centres.
Some of the markets that UNRA wants to relocate from the road sides include Kalerwe, Kireka and Busega in Kampala, and Abayita-Ababiri on Entebbe road in Wakiso district.
Allen Kagina, the Executive Director UNRA told URN today that a number of markets keep springing up on every road that is constructed posing a lot of danger to the road users.
Kagina was at a consultative conference with Members of Parliament at the Kampala Serena Hotel.
"When we construct roads, it changes people's livelihood, one of the things that has happened especially around the roads radiating out of Kampala and major towns closer to Kampala, people very quickly build markets," Kagina said.
Kagina attributed road accidents on the Northern-Bypass and Kireka-Banda area along Jinja road on the vendors who jam the roads and people end up being knocked especially in the night.
 "I think the northern bypass has three markets in the day and around four markets at night and these completely block the road. So what was supposed to be a quick route around town has been a major hindrance, in fact it is faster to go through town than to use the northern-bypass", Kagina added.
Kagina also explained that it takes a person three hours at Abayita-Ababiri when she or he is leaving Entebbe because of the road side market that narrows the road and causes a traffic jam.
She said that officials from UNRA will soon be going on a campaign to sensitise the public not to build markets in the road reserve.
Kagina said that every week two people are knocked dead around the Kireka market and that the country cannot continue losing people because the roads are good.
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Kagina also cited the need to carry out a study on a burden posed by traffic on the country.
"Everybody has a lead car, sometimes lead cars are in a jam themselves, one lead car has jammed another and another, it just doesn't make sense anymore," Kagina said.
She said that UNRA has information that Uganda has lost tourists to Kenya and Rwanda because of the traffic on Entebbe-Kampala road.
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Olive Nakatudde
Olive Nakatudde is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Nakatudde has been a URN staff member since 2013.

Nakatudde started out in journalism in 2009 with Dembe FM radio in Kampala. In 2012, Nakatudde joined Voice of Africa as a political reporter. She has been a photographer since her journalism school days at Makerere University.

Nakatudde is interested in good governance and public policy, which she reports on intensively from the Uganda Parliament. She is a keen follower of cultural affairs in Buganda Kingdom and covers the kingdom's Lukiiko (parliament). Nakatudde also reports on education and health.