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Parliament passes motion to rename Wampewo Avenue after BMK

RIP: Bulaimu Muwanga Kibirige (BMK)

RIP: Bulaimu Muwanga Kibirige (BMK)

Parliament this week paid tribute to the late businessman Bulaimu Muwanga Kibirige commonly known as BMK and passed a motion to have Wampewo Avenue in Kampala city renamed after him. 

Wampewo Avenue stretches from the Jinja road roundabout adjacent to the ministry of Internal Affairs to Upper Kololo Terrace road, above Kololo airstrip. It is the same avenue where one of BMK's investments; Hotel Africana and BMK building are located. 

The late Kibirige died last week, losing a six-year-old battle with cancer. Several MPs on Wednesday took to the floor of the house to pay tribute to a selfless man who supported the needy and the poor and thrived in his business genuinely. 

This was in response to a motion tabled by the Kampala Central MP Muhammad Nsereko who informed parliament that the late contributed to the development of the country's tax base, tourism and that he was not a person who shunned competition like most business people. 

Nsereko also asked parliament to support the renaming of Wampewo Avenue to BMK Avenue to honour the work BMK has done for the country.

"I can describe BMK as courageous, humble, simple, generous, visionary, equitable, warm-hearted, polite and finally pan-African. Honourable members with those few justifications, I would like to persuade this house to join me in the prayer that I have sought that we pay tribute, recognise his contribution and also rename the Wampewo Avenue and persuade the minister for Kampala or enjoin on her as parliament to get council change the name immediately from Wampewo Avenue to BMK. Wampewo Avenue was for the impalas but now we have Bulaimu Muwanga Kibirige Avenue," said Nsereko.

The motion was seconded by the Igara East MP Michael Mawanda and government chief whip Thomas Tayebwa who both supported the idea of renaming Wampewo Avenue and eulogized him as a person who has supported and assisted many Ugandans. 

Earlier, Kampala mayor Erias Lukwago said that naming the roads was not the mandate of parliament but that of KCCA. But the deputy speaker of parliament Anita Among said that under the Kampala Capital City Authority Act, the government has the powers over KCCA.

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+1 #1 Uncle Philosopher 2021-09-19 12:21
So do they know the implication it has on the address and location?

Do they know the confusion renaming brings to the businesses such as couriers or other service providers such as google maps.

Why can't they pick a leaf from countries with developed street and house addressing systems?

Any way it's the steady progress the NRM is delivering, Kudos.
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+1 #2 Eusukoit 2021-09-19 19:14
Quoting Uncle Philosopher:
So do they know the implication it has on the address and location?

Do they know the confusion renaming brings to the businesses such as couriers or other service providers such as google maps.

Why can't they pick a leaf from countries with developed street and house addressing systems?

Any way it's the steady progress the NRM is delivering, Kudos.

Iam yet to hear of a courier getting lost while trying to locate Acacia Avenue after it was renamed John Babiiha Avenue.
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0 #3 Lakwena 2021-09-20 08:11
For the lack of it (History) Africans are very good at destroying and/or distorting history. Stupid!

In other words, it is compulsive, stupid, irrational, backward and annoying! For how long has Wampewo Ave., been Wampewo? it is bewildering: why didn't these thoughtless MPs look for a dusty, nameless road, Lane or street, pave it and name it after BMK?

For lack words of expression, I am exasperating.

So,should he drop dead, I will no longer be surprised if tomorrow Kampala Rd is renamed after Sudhir Rupirelia whatever.

Wachireba?
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0 #4 Tabula 2021-09-20 11:59
Quoting Lakwena:
For the lack of it (History) Africans are very good at destroying and/or distorting history. Stupid!

In other words, it is compulsive, stupid, irrational, backward and annoying! For how long has Wampewo Ave., been Wampewo? it is bewildering: why didn't these thoughtless MPs look for a dusty, nameless road, Lane or street, pave it and name it after BMK?

For lack words of expression, I am exasperating.

So,should he drop dead, I will no longer be surprised if tomorrow Kampala Rd is renamed after Sudhir Rupirelia whatever.

Wachireba?

Do I sense a tinge of envy?
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0 #5 rubangakene 2021-09-20 14:55
It is sad to see the "old name" go to the dustbin of history. Wampewo Avenue was made famous by one notable resident, the late president Obote.

I think that is just malice. And another thing; why don't they name these places when these people are still alive, eh, why indeed?
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+1 #6 Ochenh 2021-09-21 08:44
Why don't they construct new roads instead of renaming? It's heartening destroying historical ñames for cheap publicity
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0 #7 Lakwena 2021-09-21 13:17
Quoting Ochenh:
Why don't they construct new roads instead of renaming? It's heartening destroying historical ñames for cheap publicity


Ochen, Ugandans should not be surprise to soon or later learn that: after all the praises and glory, the persons whose names have replaced Neutral Road Names like: Makerere Hill Road (Qaddafi Rd.) Kitante, Mpa Abana Acacia Ave; Wampewo Ave; etc. were actually a dressed up Mafia Front for the current Corrupt government Officials.

In other words, the sources of funding (capitalization) of most of the so call successful businessmen/women and their businesses in this country, are predictably dubious!

Wachireba?
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0 #8 Lakwena 2021-09-21 13:33
Otherwise, naming or renaming roads after some Ugandan or foreigners, must be subjected to some specific rules (Laws), including e.g., Background check (vetting) and/or minimum years e.g. 10 years later.

Otherwise, as if we have not learnt lessons from e.g. Amin's Era of Terror and Murder; when some Kampala Roads and Streets were named after abominable Dictators like: Jean Bokasa of Central Afric (now Luwum) Mobutu of Zaire (DRC now Makindye Rd./whatever) Said Barre of Somalia, etc.
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