The permanent secretary Ministry Of Works And Transport Mr. Bageya Waiswa has put the blame of unplanned construction and collapsing buildings in city and its suburbs on KCCA.
While addressing the National Technology Conference of Uganda Institute of Professional Engineers at Hotel Africana, Bageya said KCCA should watch day and night to make sure that such construction doesn’t happen.
“As for the collapsing buildings and unplanned construction, I think is a problem of the administrator which is KCCA. KCCA should be able to watch what is going on day and night. Most of these structures are constructed over the weekend, some of them are done at night. We must keep an eye on our city and make sure we safeguard the city from getting such unwanted structures,” he said
However, he said that the ministry has city planners and are working together with KCCA, Engineers Registration Bureau and other stakeholders to watch what goes on to have a city which is stable.
On the issue of construction in the newly formed cities, he said that the new infrastructure coming up should be up-to-date and should be professionally designed and built.
He also said that the Ministry of works and transport is working closely with Uganda institute of professional engineers and the engineers registration bureau to come up with policy measures that are crucial for Development of national construction industry in addition to collaboration that is being spearheaded by construction industry development committee chaired by the Ministry of works.
Bageya also put it that improved training and research in the national construction industry has been identified as key policy measure in developing the national construction industry.
However, he highlighted key challenges facing the national construction industry which include lack of work continuity, lack of affordable credit and lack of construction equipment.
The conference was organized under the theme “The future of technology, Engineering and innovation in the digital society”