The government of Uganda has announced that it was embarking on a road maintenance programme to boost transport. Public roads in Uganda according to the government need a face lift.
The maintenance of public roads in Uganda will cost a whopping US$ 26m.
Michael Odongo, the executive director of the Uganda Road Fund confirmed the reports and urged the Government to play their oversight role over the money.
“I provide this information to you in respect of your mandate as members of the District Roads Committees under section 25 of the Uganda Road Fund Act 2008,” Odongo’s letter said. “It is important that you pay close attention to how these resources are deployed, utilized and accounted for by the agencies.”
111 districts, 22 municipal councils and 174 town councils, Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) and Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) have already got their funds according to their work plans submitted to the Uganda Road Fund secretariat.
UNRA is implementing a National Roads Maintenance and Development Plan, through which designs are prepared in advance, while substantial civil works contracts to rehabilitate the network, upgrade roads to better standards and increase the capacity of others is under execution.
Their mission is to develop and maintain a national roads network that is responsive to the economic development needs of Uganda, to the safety of all road users, and to the environmental sustainability of the national roads corridors.