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Govt Secures Ugx 1.3 trillion for Infrastructure Development

Under the project, urban transportation terminals for buses, lorry parks and market stalls for vendors will be built alongside urban solid and liquid waste management systems, drainage and storm water management systems.
 The World Bank has boosted the Uganda Support to Municipal Infrastructure Development - USMID with an additional grant of USD 360 million (1.3 Trillion Shillings). The funding will go towards improving infrastructure in eight municipalities, namely Kitgum, Kamuli, Mubende, Kasese, Busia, Ntungamo, Apac and Lugazi.

 

Currently, the World Bank is supporting the development of road networks in 14 municipalities. However, the current round of funding is due to expire in December this year. These include Arua, Lira, Gulu, Soroti, Entebbe, Mbale, Tororo, Jinja, Masaka, Hoima, Fort portal, Mbarara, Kabale and Moroto.

 

Anthony Tomson, the new World Bank Manager for Uganda says the bank is extending additional funding facilities to the country to continue the objectives of the support programme for the next five years beginning 2019.

Tomson is in Northern Uganda to monitor ongoing World Bank funded projects in Gulu Municipality - one of the 14 municipalities supported under the first phase of the project. He said the objective of the additional funding is to rehabilitate urban roads and associated infrastructure in the selected eight municipalities.

 

Under the project, urban transportation terminals for buses, lorry parks and market stalls for vendors will be built alongside urban solid and liquid waste management systems, drainage and storm water management systems.

 

According to Tomson, USMID-II will also help the development of urban local economic infrastructures such as markets, slaughter houses, servicing land for industrial and commercial uses, cottage industries and tourism sites.

 

Technically known as USMID-AF, the program will also extend support to eight districts of Adjumani, Moyo, Yumbe, Arua, Isingiro, Kiryandongo, Kamwenge and Lamwo that have faced a high influx of refugees over the years.

 

Sheila Naturinda, the USMID Communications Specialist at the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development says the funding will also provide facilities such as leisure/public parks, play grounds, urban greening, landscaping, and infrastructure in local governments that are hosting refugees.

The intention is to strengthen these Local Governments' abilities to cope with the recent and future refugee influx and to deliver critical infrastructure to them as host communities and local governments.

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