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BUGANDA MPS SALUTE UNRA FOR COMMENDABLE JOB

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By Isaac Wandubile

MPs from the Central Region have praised Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) and its Executive Director Allen Kagina for a job well done in overseeing the design, construction, maintenance and rehabilitation of roads.

On Monday, Mawokota South MP Yusuf Nsibambi led about 70 MPs from Central Uganda to a meeting with the UNRA leadership team. Also in attendance was Buikwe District Woman MP Diana Mutasingwa, who is also the Minister of State, Office of the Vice President.

Nsibambi, of the FDC Party, and his colleagues applauded UNRA for connecting the region, hence accelerating the Ugandan Government’s program of industrialization for inclusive growth, employment and wealth by establishing and maintaining road infrastructure to support social economic transformation.

They also swore they would ensure that the Road Authority is not disbanded in the ongoing rationalization of Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs). “We thank UNRA for the job they have done so far, you are a model agency,” said Nsibambi.

Kalungu West MP Joseph Gonzaga Ssewungu thanked UNRA for the collaborative relationship with the MPs. “Whenever I call any of the station managers, they answer their phones and are very helpful,” testified Ssewungu. “Even the Executive Director, when I call her, she always picks her calls.”

Minister Mutasingwa called for collective support for service delivery from the MPs. “Let us partner with UNRA. Colleagues, let set aside our political affiliations and focus on service delivery. Service delivery is all that matters and what our people expect,” said Mutasingwa.

The delegation of MPs also asked UNRA to give the Central Region more roads since it contributes the biggest chunk of revenue in taxes. “Central region contributes the largest tax amount, when compared with other regions. Therefore, we therefore need a consistently maintained road network.”

The central region has a total 4,618.02km of National Roads, with 85 per cent of the network in fair to good condition. The region’s network is maintained under five maintenance stations of Masaka, Mpigi, Mubende, Kampala and Luwero.

For her part, UNRA ED Kagina assured the MPs of the Agency’s commitment to ensuring a better road network for the Central region as well as other parts of the country.

“As Uganda’s economy has consistently grown, the demand for superior and industry grade roads has equally grown. Our staff, the processes and systems we develop have had to keep up the pace with the needs, an achievement we are proud of,” said Kagina.

“‘We are confident that no matter the growth aspirations of the central region we shall ensure their growth through great roads and great user experience.”

The MPs and UNRA officials resolved that a meeting would be requested for with attendance from Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development, as well as the Ministry of Works and Transport to resolve concerns under their docket that were raised in the meeting. UNRA also committed to conducting field visits to carry out spot checks with the MPs in the central region to evaluate progress of the various projects that UNRA is undertaking in the region.

THE PROJECTS

According to Eng Julius Musinguzi from UNRA’s Directorate of Road Maintenance, a number of Central Uganda roads are currently being upgraded. These include: Busega-Mpigi Expressway, Kitara-Gerenge, Lusalira-Nkonge-Sembabule, Masaka-Bukakata (which is almost complete), Masaka Town roads, Kayunga-Nabuganyi, Mityana-Mubende road.

Eng Musinguzi also reminded the MPs about the availability of ferry services such as Kyoga (Two Ferries), Kiyindi Ferry, and Nakiwogo Ferry, all of which offer free transportation to Ugandan citizens.

In his presentation to the legislators, Eng Isaac Wani, Director Network Planning and Engineering at UNRA, noted that the region’s road density was 27km/1000 km2 at the start of NDPIII (2020) and that the target road density in Central Uganda after NDPIII is 44 km/1000 km2.

Eng Wani also listed ongoing and complete projects in the region. These include: Kanoni-Sembabule-Villa Maria (110km), Mubende-Kakumiro-Kagadi (107km), Masaka-Bukakata Road (41km), Busega-Mpigi Expressway (23.7km), Kampala Northern Bypass (17.5km), Kampala  Flyover Project, Najjanankumbi – Busabala, Munyono Spur Interchange and Service Roads (11 km), and Kira-Matugga Road (21km).

Other projects are: rehabilitation of Mityana – Mubende Road (86Km) and Mityana Town Roads (14Km), rehabilitation of Masaka Town Roads (7.3km), Rehabilitation of Buddo (4.5km) and Nabbingo Access Roads (1.5km), upgrading of Kitala-Gerenge (10km), upgrading of Access to Entebbe Children Hospital (4.2km), periodic maintenance of Kibuye-Zana-Kajjansi-Mpala.

On planned projects in the central region, Eng Wani listed the following roads: Matugga-Wakiso-Buloba-Nsangi (28km), Lusalira-Nkonge-Lumegere-Sembabule (97 km), Luwero-Butalangu (29km), Butalangu-Kapeeka-Kituma (60km), Kisubi-Nakawuka-Natete / Nakawuka-Kasanje-Mpigi /Nakawuka-Mawugulu-Nanziga-Maya / Kasanje-Buwaya (71km), Luku-Kalangala-Mulabana (66km), Myanzi-Bukuya-Kiboga (65 km), Kanoni-Misingi-Mityana (37km), Misindye-Kabimbiri-Zirobwe-Wobulenzi-Kapeeka (138 km), upgrading of Kayunga-Bbaale-Galiraya (89 km), upgrading of Lugazi-Buikwe-Kiyindi (28 km), new Sezibwa Bridge, capacity improvement of Kampala-Mukono Road (14 km), capacity improvement of Zana-Kajjansi (5km) and capacity improvement of Bwaise-Kawempe-Matugga (13 km).

Others are: Kampala-Jinja Expressway (77km), Kampala Southern Bypass Expressway (20km), Kayunga-Busana-River Nile (34 km), Ntusi-Lyantonde-Rakai (105 km), Nambole-Namilyango-Seeta-Mukono (14km), Kibuye-Busega Expressway (10 km), upgrading of Kawuku-Bwerenga (9.1km), upgrading of Kalule-Bamunanika Road (11km), Kyankwanzi-Bukwiri Road (28km), Abaita Ababiri-Kasenyi Road (7km),  Sasira-Namika Road (23km), Kyabadaza-Kibibi Road (15km), Bukulula-Kalungu Road (12km), Kabasanda-Kakindu Road (17km), and Mubende-Biwanga Road (5.0km).(For comments on this story, call, text or whatsapp us on 0705579994, 0779411734, 0200900416 or email us at mulengera2040@gmail.com).

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