The 2018 Kampala City Festival that was scheduled to take place on Friday 5th to Sunday 7th October has been cancelled.
The communication was made by Kampala Capital City Authority Executive director Jennifer Musisi who made it clear that the money meant for the festival will be diverted to other productive things to benefit all the city dwellers.
Ms Musisi told journalists in Kampala, on Wednesday that it doesn’t make sense to spend money on entertainment yet services in the city are poor.
“We spend about Shs500 million in organising the festival but we realised that if we divert this money to schools and hospitals, it would be better because some of the people who come to the festival are the very people who go to seek services in our city health centres and schools,” she said before adding that the authority expects to collect Shs1.9b from partners this year.
Some of the projects to which this money will be diverted include the removal of residual Asbestos roofs and further improvement of City UPE schools and construction of a maternity ward at KCCA Kiswa Health Centre, in Nakawa Division to support Kampala mothers to access nearby health services.
Ms Musisi said the money they had collected from traders for the festival that had been scheduled for October 5 would be refunded.
Kampala festival, which is the biggest street party in East Africa is a signature brand that draws multitudes to Kampala every October to celebrate culture, unity and social life.
With Kampala in a constant state of change and regeneration, the festival projects the image of the City as a happy, cultural and warm place to be while promoting positive change to its public realm.