Speaking to the State Minister for Northern Uganda Grace Freedom Kwiyucwiny, who represented the President, Phillip Rauni Olarker III noted that tarmacking of the road will bring about development and economic benefits for the people and the districts.
The road branches off from the Kampala-Entebbe highway at Kitala, snaking through the peninsular up to a first-class real estate project and a landing site where Katabi Town Council secured land for the fishing community a few years ago.
The Lokitanyala road will be upgraded to Bitumen II grade and will have at least two bridges, drainage channels and culverts. The contract is an extension of the job done on the Soroti – Katakwi-Moroto road section at a total cost of about 646.8 billion Shillings. The first section was completed in November 2019.
The small canoes carry a total of 9 passengers at a cost of 1000 shillings per head without luggage. They charge 4000 for a person crossing with a bicycle and 5000 shillings for one with a motorcycle. Luggage are charged separately depending on the size and weight.
The accident occurred at Kyabi trading center along Sembabule – Maddu Gomba road in Sembabule district when a speeding truck registration number H4DF 2074 knocked dead a man identified as Robert Kimbasawo, alias Faho.
According to General Katumba Wamala, the Ministry and Uganda National Roads Authority followed specific criteria in paving roads and overtime, the coverage will be enhanced. He says some of the technical reasons behind paving the roads include; roads critical to support agriculture, tourism, oil and gas, minerals and other economic activities.
Eng Besigye Bekunda, the head of the engineering Brigade, says the major task they had to accomplish in the first phase was the construction of the perimeter wall around the stadium and they have completed it.
Fred Wandera, a businessman in Buvuma notes that their business are hit hard whenever the ferry is out of service. He asks government to explore other alternatives as they wait to work on the docking pier.
Engineer Ismail Kyazze, the Ferry Service Operations manager in UNRA, who is also in charge of inspecting the construction of the new ferry, says they have completed assembled the ferry and read to start work as planned.
In September last year, Tini Petro Uganda signed a contract to supply fuel to the Chinese-owned Shengli Engineering company which is constructing the 100-kilometre Kyenjojo-Kabwoya road in Hoima district. According to the contract, Shengli was supposed to pay for the fuel on a monthly basis.
Currently, there is a single ferry plying the route from Kiyindi landing site in Buikwe District to Kirongo landing site in Buvuma district. However, Wilson Sserunjogi, the Buvuma District Oil Palm Project Oil Person, says the ferry is in bad shape very bad shape and may not deliver the seedlings on time as anticipated.
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.
Badru Kiggundu, a seasoned Civil Engineer, Academic and Consultant, says most of the defects that manifest reflect the mistakes that could have been done during the designing or construction phases. He says while designing a road, every aspect is looked at even giving room for possible future changes but this couldn’t have been catered for.