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Published On: Mon, May 8th, 2023

Bensouda Unveils Plan For KM

The mayor of Kanifing Talib Ahmed Bensouda has said his administration’s’ next target in the KMC include, among other things, to provide residents with a municipal public transport system, a low-cost housing scheme and free legal services for residents who might need one.

He also promised to build a network of roads to connect every ward in the KM with a by-pass road. The mayor said if entrusted with the running of the KMC again, he will dedicate efforts to fighting against floods as well as beautify more and more boulevards in the municipality and make it even cleaner of waste. 

Bensouda made these revelations on Saturday as he launched his manifesto unveiling his programmes for the municipality should he secure reelection in the 20 May elections.

The ceremony was held at the Seaview where the senior leadership of the party, councillors and supporters gathered to hear the mayor talk about his achievements of the past five years and targeted goals for the coming one.

Bensounda disclosed that during his administration’s first term, the budget of KMC grew from D100 million to D400 million, a raise of D300 million, translating in to great success in fighting corruption and eliminating leakages.

On the once problematic issue of waste collection and management, the mayor said KMC secured 24 waste vehicles to collect municipal waste, planted 50,000 trees and beautification of 5km of roads.

On the area of health and safety, Bensouda revealed that during his first term, the KMC built a 1.8km wall around the Bakoteh dumpsite, protected residents from the risk of fires spreading to communities and also introduced security and management to control access. He said KMC also provided fire engines, ambulances and police vehicles, and installed one fire engine at the dumpsite.

He said the KMC also embarked on a novelty project such as Google Plus codes for quick response of emergency services as well as cleared fly-tipping sites.

On infrastructure, Bensouda mentioned improved road infrastructure and markets.

The mayor said hundreds of new jobs were created for the youth and women in addition to supporting women’s gardens.

The mayor went ahead to give a bullet point summary of his plans for the second term.

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