Alliance for National Transformation (ANT) presidential candidate, Rtd Maj Gen Mugisha Muntu, has revealed the need to prioritize the rapid development of Kampala region, saying its serves as the “heart and soul” of the country.
Muntu, who is keen on winning the support of Kampala city dwellers, started his campaigns in the city before traversing other parts of the country.
“Every challenge that the city faces has a direct impact on the rest of Uganda,” said Muntu, who was accompanied by the party’s top shots including Winnie Kiiza.
“There are so many slums characterized by poor sanitation, poor planning causing delays in traffic, difficult environment of starting and sustaining businesses which must be dealt with urgently,” he noted.
“Poor health mainly due to poor housing are some of the challenges we have to deal with as soon as we get to power come 2021,” Muntu told supporters in Kisenyi slum while concluding his two-day campaigns in Kampala.
Experts say Metropolitan areas in less developed countries can provide the foundation for economic growth for the whole country.
The city was originally planned for a population of 150,000 people. It now spans an area that includes the surrounding districts of Mpigi, Mukono, and Wakiso with about 4 million people working in the city itself.
The challenge is how to plan, deliver and finance services when multiple jurisdictions are involved.
Administrative fragmentation means that it’s difficult to coordinate service delivery and formulate coherent public policy for the metropolitan area.
About half of the 4 million people living in what makes up the greater Kampala area live and work in the city’s core.
The other half commute into the centre of the city and return to home at night.
Muntu said Kampala needs “mass transport systems and creating a conducive environment that would act as an enabler for small businesses especially those in metal fabrications, processing and packaging.”
He said the health insurance schemes, proper urban planning, recreation Centres are some of the things that he will fix when he assumes power in 2021.
Muntu will today proceed to western Uganda for campaigns.