Yesterday and the other day, business in Kampala came to a standstill after heavy rains caused massive flooding in most low-lying parts of the city.
Yet, Kampala Capital City Authority [KCCA] just announced a $175m programme to work on city drainage and upgrade 32 roundabouts to traffic light-controlled junctions.
What many are terming as El Nino rains are expected to reach the peak next month putting Ugandans living near mountains, rivers, lakes and valleys at a high risk of losing their property and lives.
On Wednesday, a heavy downpour in Kampala left many people stranded, transport was disrupted and buildings and houses flooded.
Areas like Ben Kiwanuka Street, Kitante road, Bugolobi and Bwaise were badly affected.
Heavy rains once more hit Kampala early Thursday forcing travellers to park cars by the road side and at petrol stations.
According to WBS TV, in Kamwokya, business came to a standstill after shops were covered with muddy water and residents were seen looking about with no hope.
In Nsambya, cars slipped in trenches and drivers sat patiently waiting for the down pour to cease.
The residents blame area residents for throwing polythene bags and plastics in trenches.
They called upon KCCA to work on all nearby trenches for proper flow of water.
The most annoying incident was the flooding of Lugogo where American singer Ne-Yo was expected to perform at the cricket oval tonight Bell party.
FDC faults KCCA executive director
In a statement, the opposition FDC said the massive flooding that has caused damages counted in billions is a fault of the ruling government and its failure to make the right decisions.
“The executive director of Kampala Capital City Authority, Jennifer Musisi, held a pompous festival a month ago, but today we see that she has no real plans for managing floods or any rescue efforts for those trapped in the floods.”
“Many times she has taken a short term, cosmetic approach when a long term plan is needed,” added the statement.
FDC further said the ruling government must show leadership to prevent another flood misery for thousands of hard working Ugandans that wake up to make a day’s work.
“For thirty yeas, many Ugandans have witnessed that when flooding happens the national resistance movement government crosses its fingers and hopes for the best.”