Heavy trucks bringing goods to Kikuubo market in downtown Kampala this morning found a hard time accessing the area, due to overnight road works that completed cut off entry.
The trucks as early as 8am in the morning completely blocked traffic outside Qualicel Bus terminal and Skylight shopping Arcade as they failed to access Kikuubo.
This was due to the renovation of Namirembe Road by KCCA, which in effect split the road into two small lanes that couldn’t possibly be used by heavy duty trucks.
The blocks separating the road are said to have put up last night.
The traders, who expressed shock in the morning, mobilized themselves and started removing the blocks.
These also turned against one of their leaders, a one Bashir Muwonge, who attempted to block them from dismantling the blocks.
“I will not allow you to interfere with government programs; this road construction program has cost government a lot of money,” said Muwonge.
Police intervened to save Muwonge from the traders.
The traders say KCCA was inconsiderate in trying to prevent trucks from accessing Kikuubo.
” This program will affect our operations because there is no way a truck can use one route to enter and exit Kikuubo. A trailer can’t exit such a busy area in reverse as its being proposed” Musisi said.
“We pay a lot of taxes to government and even our stores generate revenue to the government; forcing us to close will create losses to the government”
In the meantime, the trucks entering Kikuubo were stranded by mid-morning.
There was heavy police deployment at the entrance of Kikuubo with most of the traders standing outside their shops observing
Efforts to have a comment from Kampala Capital City spokesperson Peter Kaujju were futile.