Kampala Capital City Authority [KCCA] has responded to a resolution of Parliament suspending collection of fees levied on placement of election posters in the city.
Though the suspension of the Shs500 fee stands, KCCA will continue to regulate the sector and ensure that placement of posters is in line with the set guidelines, the authority said in a statement issued last evening.
The authority said the essence of the existing legal and policy framework, which the Executive Director is compelled by Law to implement, is intended to ensure that at all times Kampala is orderly, clean and healthy in its amenity and environment.
“KCCA wishes to assure the public that we are not against the use of posters during this election period but rather their regulation which we are empowered to do under the Kampala Capital City Act 2010, the Kampala City Council (Solid Waste Management) Ordinance, 2000 as well as the Kampala City Council (Outdoor Advertising) Policy Guidelines 2008.”
According to the new guidelines issued by the authority, no poster shall be permitted to be pasted directly on a surface such as buildings, streetlights, litterbins, flowerpots, hoarding sites, electricity installations perimeter walls using glue or any other adhesive material.
Use of less destructive materials like cardboards, placards, flags, and boxes continues to apply.
No poster or other campaign material relating to an election shall be placed on a historic or national monument.
No poster or other campaign material relating to an election shall be placed in such a manner as to obstruct traffic visibility.
The above measures are necessary to ensure an orderly and clean city environment.
KCCA said it will adhere to the Parliamentary resolution but any campaign paraphernalia placed in contravention of existing regulations and guidelines shall be removed.
“Please contact the Outdoor Advertising office at KCCA Headquarters, City Hall, Kampala for guidance.”