The new policy aims at providing “reliable, safe, efficient and effective transport infrastructure and services that benefit all people and contribute to the social and economic development of the country.”
of Works and Transports has said that the new national transport policy will
help curb the rampant road accidents, encroachment on and theft of road and
The policy that
was passed by Cabinet now awaiting mass printing and distribution to the public
for sensitization aims at providing “reliable, safe, efficient and effective
transport infrastructure and services that benefit all people and contribute to
the social and economic development of the country.”
according to the ministry amalgamates all previous policies that were each
developed to target a specific mode of Transport, and is expected to create a
safe, accessible and sustainable multi modal transport system, for the country’s
It also aims
at promoting research in new and more convenient technologies in the sector, and
also support local content by making it easier for indigenous companies to
compete for contracts.
transport is so disintegrated, which makes it costly, slow and inconvenient,
for example, there is no water transport connection between Entebbe and Jinja
despite both cities being on the shores of Lake Victoria. It, therefore, takes
two to three and a half hours by road through Kampala instead of one by boat.
Edward Katumba Wamala, the Minister of Works and Transport says the government’s
direct interventions will not stop at investing in Uganda Airlines but will
diversify into other services, even if the funds won’t allow implementation at
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also aims at tackling vandalism of transport infrastructure especially for
roads and railways, which is one of the challenges currently faced.
there are efforts to reclaim road reserves and railway corridors and other
assets that have been taken over with time either through encroachment or
fraudulent sale by officials.
encroachers are even demanding compensation before they vacate the properties,
but Wamala says the policy will handle them and also prevent future violations.
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Most of the
road and other big construction projects are handled by foreign companies
mainly because the local contractors are limited either by way of capital or
technology or both.
The government through Uganda National Roads Authority, UNRA is currently
implementing a policy that gives local contractors more priority in contracting
out maintenance services, and according to its report, a third of such
contracts were handled by local companies last year.
Now, the new
policy provides that the government will not stop at that, but will ensure
cooperation between foreign and local companies to support technology
Currently, “local company” also refers to companies that have been in the
country for a long period even though their owners are foreign.
Wamala says the new policy makes a difference between companies owned by
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was also drawn to respond to the poor state of transport infrastructure in
urban areas, which is characterized by dilapidated roads. The situation
is usually blamed on the low funding that the urban authorities get which is
not enough to do better.
The plan is
to also cater for persons with disabilities because currently the infrastructure
and transport services available do not cater for them.
Also, key in
the policy is tackling the high rate of road accidents and deaths, with the
country’s transport industry system named among the most dangerous due to the high
number of deaths.
Gen. Wamala says in ten years, this should be cut by a huge percentage.