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Traders, Travelers Irked by Delayed Completion of Kampala-Jinja Road

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.
A police patrol stuck in trench along Kampala-Jinja highway.

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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 top layer.  

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 the routes. 

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 nightmare. 

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.