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French government partners with KCCA to light Kampala city

Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago with the French Development Agency delegation at his office in Kampala on Saturday.

The French Government through its agency French Development Agency (AFD) has partnered with Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) to light up the city.

AFD officials are conducting a feasibility study in Kampala city suburbs on how to proceed with the Kampala Street Lighting Master Plan.

Currently, KCCA is only installing lights on the streets, at cost of Shs4.4 billion.

A French delegation led by Ms Sandra Reverdi , a consultant , with AFD on Saturday met Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago to discuss the process.

According to Mr Lukwago’s aide, the meeting with the Lord Mayor was a follow-up of an earlier engagement with the French Ambassador Stephanie Rivoal.”

It is yet to be established how much the French Government plans to inject in the project but figures from KCCA show that about 1.5m Euros has been invested in other projects by France through AFD.

Other Ugandan projects French Government  is financing include  Kampala-Jinja  Express way and the Southern By pass and the Climate Change Action Plan,  through French Global Environment Facility (FFEM) as part of the africa4climate program,  among others.

While engaging the French team, Lukwago asked the delegation to invest in waste management.

“Kampala generates a lot of garbage which can be turned into energy,”a source, who attended the meeting quoted Lukwago.

Installing street lights

Last year, KCCA contracted Zhejiang Holley International Company Ltd to instal street lights.

Some of the roads where the street lights are installed include  Kampala Road  Jinja Road, Lugogo Bypass,  Queen’s Way, Road, Katwe, Kintu Road, Bombo and Entebbe Road.

Others are Bwaise Road, Nile Avenue, Kiira Road, Mutundwe, Wansanso, Weraga, Kyagwe Road, and Constitutional Square Bahai, Lugoba Road.

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