Kitgum Municipal Council Mayor, Richard Ojara Okwera says the Municipality has only 10 kms of tarmac roads which were provided by the government two years ago adding that the rest of the road networks are gravel.
Municipal Council Officials have asked the government to increase the road fund budget to boost road maintenance and rehabilitation works.
The municipality receives approximately 600 million shillings annually for road
maintenance and rehabilitation from the government under the Uganda Road
Uganda Road Fund (URF) was established by an Act of Parliament in 2008 with the
objective of financing routine and periodic maintenance of public roads in
Uganda from mainly reserved road user charges.
But officials say the fund allocated annually is insufficient to support the
upgrade of major road networks within the Municipality from gravel to bitumen
and asphalt standard.
Kitgum Municipal Council Mayor, Richard Ojara Okwera says the Municipality has
only 10 km of tarmac roads which were provided by the government two years ago
adding that the rest of the road networks are gravel.
He says the insufficient funds which are allocated quarterly have hindered the
Municipal Council's plans to open more standard roads to spur development.
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Okwera also notes that the Municipal Council lacks road construction equipment
such as graders, bulldozers, and tipper trucks which have further affected road
According to Okwera, the last road equipment the Municipality had was
a tractor donated in 2006 by the Local Government which is currently down.
He says the Municipal Council spends a huge amount of money to hire road
equipment since it’s hard to secure the government’s road equipment at Kitgum
District Local Government which are in constant use.
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The State Minister for Local Government, Victoria Rusoke Busingye says that the
road fund was budget has reduced. She says the reduction was a result of budget
cuts across all Ministries driven by the Coronavirus disease pandemic and the
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Busingye however says the Municipalities and districts receiving the road fund
should make proper planning for rehabilitation and maintenance of few roads
instead of budgeting for many kilometres of roads.
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Kitgum Municipality is also currently benefitting from the Uganda Support to
Municipal Infrastructure Development-USMID programme, a World Bank-funded
project that will see infrastructural development within the urban centres.
Already the construction of 2.89 km of roads under the USMID project costing
shillings 16.1 billion has been commissioned and will cover seven roads in the
divisions of Pandwong and Central. It will be undertaken by China Railway 18
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