Allen Kagina, the Executive Director UNRA, says although they have limited resources, they have been able to mobilize some excavators and graders from their Mpigi, Hoima, Tooro and Luweero stations to carry out temporary works.
The 525m-long bridge is expected to be the first cable-stayed bridge in East Africa crossing Victoria Nile and linking the Northern Corridor that connects Kenya with the Democratic Republic of Congo. It will replace the Nalubaale Bridge which was built in 1954. It is estimated to cost over USD 27 million. Construction of the bridge commenced in 2014.
Engineer Denis Sabitti, the Physical Infrastructure Committee Chairperson, promised to table the concerns of the residents before parliament for discussion, adding that residents must be compensated in the next financial year. He also promised to summon Allen Kagina, the UNRA ED to explain the matter.
A report published by the Economic Policy Research Center EPRC says that alternative financing other than official development assistance would stimulate growth and plug huge deficits in sectors like energy and transport.