Kampala City festival called off

For unclear reasons, Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) has decided to cancel this year’s edition of Kampala City Festival.

It had been planned to run from October 5-7.

KCCA Executive Director Jenifer Musisi told journalists that the decision to cancel the carnival was reached at after consultation with their partners.

She said, the money they are to save after the cancellation will be used for developing KCCA schools and hospitals.

KCCA has been spending between Shs 700m and Shs 900m in organizing the festival which now shall be channeled into developing its projects, Musisi said.

The city festival has been running for six years now. It was first held in 2012 with an intention of bringing together business people, Kampala dwellers and tourists from different countries.

“A lot of the sponsorship money both cash and kind goes into the administration of the city festival. All the arrangements that go into setting ups the festival; it is quite an expensive event considering the numbers that we host; so we have been consulting and discussing and we have agreed that this year we should focus the contributions of our partners in actually implementing projects in schools and health centers,” said Musisi

In schools, KCCA wants to remove residual asbestos roofs and further improve them.

KCCA has a total of 79 schools, 11 of which have asbestos. So far they have removed asbestos from six schools, five more schools remain.

“We are focused on removing asbestos from our schools so that our children are not exposed to cancer. The bill is 1.9 Billion shillings; we are working towards collecting that. And we want to start with Nakivubo blue and Nakivubo Settlement,” Musisi said.

Part of the money will also be used to construct a maternity ward at Kiswa Health Center in Nakawa division to support mothers seeking access to health services at the facility.

If funds permit, Musisi says they will also work on other KCCA Health Centre.

Currently KCCA Health Centres handle 400 deliveries a week.

KCCA had already collected about Shs 3m from vendors’ bookings for stalls at the festival.

This money will be paid back to the vendors upon presentation of proof of payment.

The Marketing and Innovation Director at East African Breweries Limited Juliana Kaggwa reiterated the company’s support to the project saying KCCA and partners will be able to celebrate real tangible projects next year with such a development

Brand Manager-Fuels at VIVO ENERGY (Shell licensee in Africa) Emmanuel Ssebunya also said “We will stay committed to the cause for the full sponsorship for this this year. So we are not jumping out and we promise to stay with you all the way.”

Musisi said, they were also receiving donations from KCCA staff under a weekly donation campaign dubbed 2K For Our Schools.