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Kasese Municipality Gets UGX 12bn USMID Funds

Kasese Municipal Deputy Town Clerk, Zedekia Kambasu Kayiri in an interview on Tuesday says that 11.9 billion shillings will be used for infrastructure development while 296 million shillings will be used for capacity building.

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Kasese Municipal Council has received more than 12 billion shillings for infrastructure development and institutional strengthening under the Uganda Support to Municipal Infrastructure Development-USMID programme.

USMID is a multi-billion World Bank-funded project that government has implemented since 2013 to expand urban infrastructure and enhance capacity of municipal local governments to generate own revenues, improve urban planning, strengthen financial management, procurement and environmental and social systems.

Initially, 14 municipalities were beneficiaries to this programme. However, an additional eight municipalities including Kasese, Mubende, Kitgum and Kamuli were added on the list of benefiting towns bringing the number to twenty-two.

Kasese Municipal Deputy Town Clerk, Zedekia Kambasu Kayiri in an interview on Tuesday says that 11.9 billion shillings will be used for infrastructure development while 296 million shillings will be used for capacity building.

According to Kayiiri, phase one funds will be used to develop infrastructure especially roads and streets within the central business area of the town including Rwenzori Road, Margherita, Stanley, Alexander and Mukirania streets.

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Kayiiri, however, says that the designs for the infrastructure projects are still being handled by Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development. He revealed that construction will commence around December after the designs have been approved by the ministry.

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The Deputy town clerk said the funds will help the Municipal Council in fulfilling its mission and vision of having a clean, green, poverty-free and a well-planned town in Western Uganda.

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Other municipalities benefitting from the USD 350 Million project effective this financial year are Lugazi, Apac, Ntungamo and Busia.

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