The government started easing COVID-19 restrictions a month ago, after more than two months of a total lockdown that was announced as one of the measures to control the spread of COVID-19. But salons, arcades, bars and bodaboda businesses have remained closed, alongside churches, schools and other public gatherings.
Charles Kateeba, the Managing Director of Uganda Railways Corporation says that they have assessed the risk of resuming operations and concluded that the situation is still risky. He says they will still wait to see the trend the virus takes before they think of reopening.
A report authored by Robert Kafero Ssekitoleko, the Physical Infrastructure Committee Chairperson, notes that it is incumbent on government to secure land in form of road reserves to take care of future road expansion.
The clarity was made after a public uproar on a decision by the Uganda National Roads Authority to close part of the new Source of the Nile Bridge. The recently-commissioned bridge will be closed for three months between April 15 and July 10, to allow restoration works to replace the defective pavement and asphalt layer on the bridge.
The nod comes amid the discussion of a draft law seeking to expand road reserves, currently under scrutiny by the physical infrastructure committee of parliament. Specialists say that Uganda requires wider roads with multiple carriageways and effective utility systems to be able to meet the needs of a growing and vibrant population.
Documents recovered from the suspects during investigations show that in June 2018, Tumwesigye signed a contract with Hoima sugar factory to clear the bushes at Shillings 80million, which was deposited onto his personal account.
The budget committee observed that the ministry intends to put in place a system that will be synchronized with the driving permits, vehicle registration and the newly installed street cameras to enhance both safety and security on the road.
Silver Kambere, a truck driver says he was transporting beans to Kisangani in the Democratic Republic of Congo-DRC. According to Kambere, he doesnt know when he will embark on his four day drive to DRC as the bridge is under repair.
Records from the district engineering department only 10 per cent of the roads are in good state while 90 per cent require regular maintenance and rehabilitation. In the 2018/2019 financial year, Wakiso received over 15 billion shillings for road maintenance projects, however, the district risks not utilizing the funds due to lack of road equipment.
Twinomujuni says that according to the Vessels Registration Act 1904, Every vessel involved in navigation in any waters of Uganda is expected to undergo registration and licensing. However, to his dismay, a few operators have adhered to the said regulations. Statistics from the maritime administration department in the Ministry of Work and Transport indicates that only 170 boats of the estimated 50,000 transporting people are registered.
According to the Town Clerk, Deo Ndimo, the municipality has only one grader which is in a poor mechanical state and can no longer serve its intended purpose. He says that as a result, a number of roads remain in a poor state and are left with no option other than wait for government intervention.
Ali-Said Matan, the Executive Secretary, Lake Victoria Basin Commission, says among the rescue measures that have been put in place include the installation of 86 Aids to Navigation equipment in Lake Victoria in the three Partner States, enactment of Lake Victoria Transport Act 2007 and its Regulations namely Safety Regulation 2010 and Fees Regulation 2010.
Luggya indicated that among other changes in the Civil Aviation Authority Act, the name of the head of the company should change from the Executive Director to Director General to meet the global standards while the name of the country should be added to precede the organization for easy identification.