of road maintenance equipment is to blame for the poor transport network in
Kitgum Municipality, the Mayor Walter Livingston Tooroma has revealed.
to Tooroma, they are unable to carry out periodic road maintenance and planned opening of roads in the peri-urban areas in Pandwong and Pager divisions due to
lack of equipment.
despite securing permission to borrow road equipment from the district, the
municipality has failed to effectively utilize the road units due to
bureaucracies and additional costs involved.
In 2017, the
government donated road equipment including a grader, wheel loader, roller, a
water bowser and two dump trucks to all districts across the country to help
with road maintenance works.
their effort to use the equipment from the district is bogged down because the
district works department has ongoing works.
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now wants the local government ministry to consider distributing similar road
equipment to all urban authorities to cater for their road maintenance works.
Abonga, the Engineer in charge of constructions at Kitgum municipality, says
the situation is compounded by inconsistent remittance of funds and the
dwindling funding from the central government for road maintenance.
says this financial year government halted the release of road maintenance
funds leaving them without any option but to decentralize all road maintenance
activities to the division authorities.
recent visit to Kitgum, the Local Government State Minister, Jennifer Namuyangu
pledged the government's commitment to secure additional support and donation
of road units from the Japanese government.
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engagement according to minister Namuyangu follows dire demand for road
equipment by the newly created urban administrative units including cities and
municipalities in the country.