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Fort Portal Municipal Council On the Spot over Defects on New Road

In the financial year 2017/2018, Fort Portal Municipal Council received 1.2 billion shillings for roadworks from the Uganda Raod Fund-URF.
Part of Kibogo road that melts during the day making it hard for pedestrians to use the road because of the sticky substance that was used during its construction.

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Residents of Fort Portal have tasked the Municipal Council to explain defects on Kibogo Road.

The road which was completed less than a year ago has already started developing potholes, tarmac is peeling off and making it impassable for pedestrians and motorists. 

Kibogo road connects Fort Portal town to Fort Portal – Kamwenge Road. In the financial year 2017/2018, Fort Portal Municipal Council received 1.2 billion shillings for roadworks from the Uganda Raod Fund-URF.

The council resolved to spend 460 million shillings for the 760-metre road. However, more than 500 million shillings has so far been spent on the road. 

James Byakagaba, a resident in the area, says that when it is hot, the tarmac melts away and makes it easy for vehicles to damage the road further. He wants the municipal leadership to refund the money used to construct the road.

Last week, two residents of Fort Portal Municipality, David Musinguzi and Erinem Kaahwa, petitioned the Inspectorate of Government-IG over the state of the road.

In the petition, they allege that there was misuse of government funds on the road.

“We, therefore, call for the intervention of the inspectorate office Fort Portal to task Fort Portal municipality to give a proper accountability of the funds for purpose of transparency,” reads part of the petition.

Commenting on the state of the road, the Mayor Fort Portal Municipality Rev.Willy Kintu Muhanga admitted that the road is substandard because it was constructed by the Municipal Engineering department. He explains that it was intended to build the capacity of the engineers.

He says that the defects on the road will be fixed. 

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