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Investors Want Government to Revamp Jinja's Poor Roads in :: Uganda Radionetwork

Investors Want Government to Revamp Jinja's Poor Roads in

The Jinja city mayor, Peter Kasolo, addressing investors in Jinja city.

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Investors from Busoga sub region, alongside their counterparts from both Buikwe and Kayunga, have blamed stagnated business growth on the poor state of road infrastructure within the area. 

Speaking in a joint stakeholders’ meeting with officials from the Uganda Investment Authority-UIA in Jinja city on Friday, the investors said the roads leading to designated industrial parks are dilapidated, living them to incur surplus costs in transport. 

They further say that, several meetings held with the country’s topmost leadership concerning the need to reconstruct industrial roads within Jinja city's southern division area have not materialized, since responsible stakeholders have continuously treated them to endless unfulfilled promises. 

George Byamainuha from Nilus factory says the nature of roads antagonizes their factory’s business model, as it is costly for them to transport both raw materials and finished products within the East African Community region. 

Byamainuha further says the poor roads are a disruption to several clients all over the world and some of them have generated negative publicity, which is a big setback to the progress of their businesses. 

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Francis Baganzi, the corporate affairs officer of MMP factories urged the government to devise means of setting up other alternative transport means, like an international airport and operational rail lines, which will serve as easy gateways for their finished products both within the different parts of the country and the EAC region at large. 

On his part, Peter Kasolo, the Jinja city mayor stresses that, most of the roads in the key factory concentrated zones, have big potholes and normally overflow with high volumes of water, which in turn slows down transport of largely cargo trucks in the area. 

Kasolo further notes that factory owners have often tasked him to address the challenge of dilapidated roads within the area, however, limited funding has deterred efforts of rehabilitating factory roads.

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Meanwhile, UIA’s chairperson, Morrison Rwakakamba says that, they have plans of rolling out regional one-stop centers in the different parts of the country, where investors’ challenges ranging from infrastructure, taxation, quality validation, immigration, among others, can be easily solved within their areas of operation. 

He pledges that all the advisory services offered at these centers will be made cost free, as a means of smoothening the operability of investors and in turn attract more investment both within the country and abroad.


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