Jinja city authorities, in collaboration with the Uganda Support to Municipal Infrastructure
development-USMID, on Wednesday afternoon unveiled two multipurpose trucks worth
370 million Shillings.
The trucks are for boosting road works and garbage
collection efforts within Jinja city.
Speaking to journalists after unveiling the trucks,
Jinja city’s mayor, Peter Kasolo notes that the purchase of these multipurpose trucks
was part of their key budget priority funding areas, after identifying service
delivery gaps within communities.
Kasolo stresses that, unlike Jinja city’s central business district,
the surrounding areas are still grappling with the challenge of garbage
collection, largely due to lack of equipment, but with the current boost, such
challenges will be handled.
He says that, most of the roads within the former sub-counties of Mafubira and Budondo, which were newly annexed to Jinja city lack
asphalt roads and with the current funding challenges, the trucks
will enable the city engineers to ferry marram alongside other low-cost road
construction materials to ensure theshort term facelift of these roads.
Kasolo further says that, the demand for services within the
community is high, however, the local revenues allocated to ease service
delivery are limited, therefore; they plan to purchase their own road construction
unit before the end of this financial year.
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Moses Lorika, the Jinja city’s clerk says that the
trucks will be assigned several tasks as a measure of ensuring service delivery
targets in largely the infrastructure development areas.
Meanwhile, the Jinja city's internal security officer, Kennedy
Ojara, challenged members of the general public to exhibit patience while
demanding for service delivery, stressing that, development is achieved in
phases, which partly explains the delayed implementation of some projects.