Uganda National Roads Authority –UNRA embarked on the emergency repairs of sections along the road, covering the stretch from Nakawa to Mukono, a job tendered to a Serbian firm; Energy project-Niskogradnja. The work Which was intended to improve the pavement surface started in July 2019 and was initially planned to take nine months.
Delayed completion of roadworks
along the Kampala-Mukono-Jinja highway has worsened traffic flow in recent
months, to the dismay of travellers and the business community along the route.
Uganda National Roads Authority
–UNRA embarked on the emergency repairs of sections along the road, covering the
stretch from Nakawa to Mukono, a job tendered to a Serbian firm;
Energy project-Niskogradnja. The work which was intended to improve the pavement
surface started in July 2019 and was initially planned to take nine months.
During the same time, a consortium comprising Suez
International of Egypt and Sogea-Satom of France is involving in the construction
of a water treatment plant and construction of bulk water transmission pipelines
along the Kampala-Mukono-Katosi route to meet the needs of the rapidly
expanding population of Kampala and surrounding districts.
However, there seems to be no progress, according to the
residents. The contractor has worked only on a few sections in the areas
of Nakawa, Bweyogerere and part of Seeta town pending a final sealing of the
The section from Seeta to Kigunga
has become a nightmare for drivers, because the road has been narrowed by both roadworks
had gaping potholes on the shoulders.
Now the residents argue that the two entities should
have coordinated activities to ensure that they do not affect travellers along
Sandra Bindiki, a resident who
runs a restaurant and beverage shop in Seeta trading centre decries the dust
that they have to ensure as a result of the ongoing roadworks. Another
resident, Joseph Dhamuzungu says that driving along the route is now a
Monday Sawulo, the head of the road
gangs in Mukono municipality notes that many of them are now finding difficulty
in maintaining sections along the road with a lot of potholes.
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Jamiiru Kakembo, a resident of Mukono
town wonders why the route, one of the busiest in the country has been ignored.
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Mukono Municipal Mayor George
Fred Kagimu is certain that traffic along the route can improve if all feeder
roads along the route are fixed to reduce the load on the highway. The roads
include UCU-Kirowooza-Namanve-Jokers and Kiwanga-Seeta-Nasuuti-Igara road.
Kagimu says that although some of
the routes are under municipal supervision, the municipality is financially constrained
to fix them.
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The public and media relations
manager of UNRA Allan Ssempebwa notes that the authority is focused on the emergency
repair of the main highway since heavy
vehicles find it hard to make diversions.
“We are engaging the contractor
to see that he finalizes the work in time as it was agreed,” Ssempebwa says.