Allan Mayanja Ssebunya, the Nakaseke Central Member of Parliament says that the government compensated residents along the Luwero-Butalangu road in 2019, which excited residents that the road works would commence soon in vain.
Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanja has apologized to residents
and leadership of Nakaseke district over the delayed upgrade of Luwero -Butalangu road,
Butalangu-Kapeeka –Kituuma, and Kapeeka-Kisuule roads among others.
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She was responding to complaints raised by residents and Nakaseke district
officials led by the LC V Chairperson, Ignatius
Koomu Kiwanuka in a meeting held in Kiwoko town council on Tuesday. Koomu noted
that despite the repeated government pledges to upgrade the roads, to date
nothing has been done.
In 2018, the OPEC Fund for International Development extended
a loan of US$11.5 million as co-financing for the upgrading of Luwero-Butalangu
Road estimated to be 29.6 kilometers. The road connects residents of
Nakaseke district to Luweero and Kampala -Gulu highway. The government
also promised to upgrade Butalangu-Ngoma, Butalangu-Kapeeka –Kituuma, and
Kapeeka-Kisuule roads among others.
However, to date, nothing has been done. Koomu says that the government’s failure to upgrade the roads
has made residents lose hope and pushed them to vote for opposition Members
of Parliament. Allan Mayanja Ssebunya, the Nakaseke Central Member of
Parliament says that the government compensated residents along the
Luwero-Butalangu road in 2019, which excited residents that the road works
would commence soon in vain.
Mayanja says that the poor road network has
affected the movement of people, goods and services from the district.
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Allen Kagina the Executive Director of Uganda
National Roads Authority admits the delayed upgrade of the roads citing design
reviews and inadequate funding from the government. She, however,
revealed plans to embark on the upgrade of Luwero-Butalangu road by November
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Justine Lumumba Kasule, the General Duties
Minister, said that Nabbanja decided to meet the leaders together with UNRA
officials to give them assurance that this time around the roads will be
upgraded to stop the public outcry and promote service delivery. Nakaseke
District manages over 1,227 kilometers of roads while UNRA manages 338.5
kilometers. However, only 12.5kilometers of the 338.5 kilometers are paved.