KAMPALA – During the opening of the 24th annual technology conference at Hotel Africana on June 6, the Engineers’ Registration Board trashed the approval of the cities as new urban slums.
The engineers say they were not consulted in the recent decision made by Cabinet to approve six municipalities. They claim as builders in the construction sector, they must be involved in planning.
According to the chairperson of the Engineer’s Registration Board Mr. Micheal Odong, Kampala Capital City Authority will make a mistake if it appointments and Executive Directors for these cities who lack knowledge in physics, chemistry, mathematics and administration.
“They have come up with new cities. Who has seen their designed master plans? Were they made by religious leaders? Who will design the sewerage system, their road network? The cities need planning, did they consult us?” he remarked.
He added saying as people who build the country, they must be involved in planning. “Government should stop employing incompetent cadres to head technical offices and become supervisors of technocrats,” he added.
The two-day conference is aimed at deliberating on the challenges engineers face due to digital evolution and how they can tailor towards adapting digital technology Issue according to Mr. Vincent Ochwo Olie, the president of Uganda Institution of Professional Engineers.