Emmanuel Banya, Kitgum Municipal Council Town Clerk told Uganda Radio Network in an interview that the returned fund is expected to facilitate implementation of infrastructural works under USMID project this first quarter.
Kitgum Municipal council has received back 8.1 billion shillings for the Uganda Support to Municipal Infrastructural Development
programme [USMID] fund that it had returned to the treasury in June this year.
The money is part of 11.5 Billion
shillings World Bank funded USMID cash the municipal council authorities didn't absorb in 2019/2020 financial year, mostly due to disruptions occasioned by the outbreak of the Covid-19 disruptions.
Emmanuel Banya, Kitgum Municipal
Council Town Clerk told Uganda Radio Network in an interview that the returned
cash is expected to facilitate implementation of infrastructural works under USMID
project this first quarter.
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Banya says the outbreak of
covid-19 had affected progress of the USMID project citing delays in approval
of road designs and ultimate procurement of a contractor to undertake infrastructural
In July this year, the municipal
council officials recommended for re-adjustments on the architectural designs
of selected roads after a draft architectural design was presented by Comptran
Engineering & Planning Associates, a consultancy firm from Ghana.
Banya says the consultancy firm
have now presented concluded designs of seven roads stretching for 2.8 kms
comprising of street solar lights, pedestrian walkways, cycle lanes, garbage
points and boda boda stages.
The roads in the first phase of construction
are Kitgum road, Janani Luwum road, Apila road, Philip Adonga Road, Ayaa Hellen
Dean road, Oneka Road and Lakidi road.
Banya notes that the progress of the
road design has given them a way forward to kick start procurement of a supervising
consultant to supervise the road design before an actual infrastructural contractor
The procurement will be undertaken jointly with Arua and Gulu city councils.
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The second phase of the USMID
programme is expected to kick off with construction of a Modern Bus park in
Central Division. Already Comptran Engineering & Planning Associates is undertaking
sensitization to prepare businessmen, taxi and bus operators in the current Bus
park for relocation ahead of the major construction works.
Kitgum Municipal council is
expected to receive from government a total of 25 billion shillings at the end
of this financial year for the first phase of the infrastructural component of the project.