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Lands Ministry Approves Design of 4.5KM USMID Roads in Kitgum

Alfred Alexis Abonga, the Kitgum Municipal Council Engineer says that they had initially submitted to the Lands Ministry 17.54 kilometres road to be constructed but priorities were made only for four Kilometres in the first phase.
One of the streets in Kitgum Municipality. Lands Ministry has approved the designing of 17 roads measuring 4 kilometers within the Municipality under USMID programme this fincial year. Photo By Julius Ocungi
The Ministry of Lands, Housing & Urban Development has approved the design of 17 roads measuring 4.5 Kilometres under the Uganda Support to Municipal Infrastructure Development [USMID] programme in Kitgum Municipality.

The approved roads include Philip Odonga, Janani Luwum, Lakidi, Kitgum Road, Apila road, Park Avenue, Louis Ongom and Dr Panganini.

Others are Sirayo Nyeko, Daudi Okello, Oneka Road, Tongpur, Oyaa Hellen Dean, Hilltop Road, Tito Okello Lutwa, Tabu Odonto and Bwana Gweno.

Alfred Alexis Abonga, the Kitgum Municipal Council Engineer says that they had initially submitted to the Lands Ministry 17.54 kilometres road to be constructed but priorities were made only for four Kilometres in the first phase.

“We made our submission for 17.54 Kilometres roads following council approval but the Ministry has only approved 4kilometers as highest-ranking that needs to be designed first,” He says.

The Acting Kitgum municipal Town Clerk Patrick Ocan Ocitti says designing of the roads is expected to begin this month. He says the design will be conducted with the input of the residents and implementing entities.

Ocitti says they expect to receive 8 billion shillings to undertake the first phase of the work that will involve construction of pedestrian walk ways, drainage, installation of solar street lights and tarmacking.

He notes that out of the 8 Billion Shillings, 560,000 will be used for institutional strengthening of the key actors in the implementation of USMID programme in Kitgum municipality.

“If we start this project, the town will be beautiful, if you are to look at Gulu Municipality; they are implementing it well and are getting bonuses. We want to be like Gulu Municipality,” Ocitti says.

Kitgum Municipality is among the eight new municipalities that will start benefiting from USD350Million World Bank Funded Project this financial year.

The municipalities include Lugazi, Kasese, Kamuli, Mubende, Apac, Ntungamo and Busia bringing to 22, the numbers of Municipalities that are now benefiting from the USMID Project across the country.