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Lands Ministry Concerned over USMID Projects in Moroto Municipality

The World Bank and the officials from the Ministry of Lands have been in Karamoja for a week to assess the completion progress of various USMID projects and the performances of the infrastructures. The team inspected the facilities such as the Bus terminal, two roads of Jie and Lopeduru, and the street lights that are being installed within the municipality.
A team from World Bank, USMID and Moroto Municipality officials inspecting the two streets constructed under the USMID program

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The Ministry of Lands, Housing, and Urban Development has expressed concern over the maintenance of the Uganda Support to Municipal Infrastructure Development-USMID projects in Moroto Municipality. 

The World Bank and the officials from the Ministry of Lands have been in Karamoja for a week to assess the completion progress of various USMID projects and the performances of the infrastructures.

The team inspected the Bus terminal, Jie and Lopeduru roads, and the street lights that are being installed within the municipality.

Pade Joseph Walter, the Commissioner for Urban Development at the Lands Ministry noted that although the projects were properly implemented, the maintenance remains a big challenge to the municipal authorities.

Pade observed the bus terminal has not been properly maintained while the roads of Jie and Lopeduru lacked drainage systems.

He acknowledged that the challenges and lessons learned from the previous projects will help to guide and facilitate the next program that will succeed the USMID Program.

Pade said that the World Bank will not be responsible for the corrections and maintenance of the infrastructures instead the municipal council should prioritize maintenance in their budget.

He further added that they are mandate is to support their source revenue management by setting up infrastructures that enable the municipal council to collect more revenues.  

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Isaac Mutunyo, the Chairperson of the Engineers Board said that the design of the two roads is not fit for the urban protocol due to the frequency of use.

Mutonyo observed that the roads have been designed to last a short lifespan due to the frequency of usage.

He noted that the team from World Bank was not happy with the maintenance of the projects and the municipal council should consider using their resources for repairs of the facilities.

He said that they are preparing the municipality to provide the final accountability on what has been done during the entire time of the project.

He added that the Ministry of Land is also preparing the municipal authorities to be part of the new incoming project which is taking over from the USMID program.

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Ismail Mohammed, the Mayor of Moroto Municipality acknowledged that the USMID project has changed the face of the town.

He said that they have also realized a boost in revenue collections and improved the income of the household. He added that so far over 320 street lights are being installed within the municipality to improve the night economy and enhance security.

He said that they are going to use the local revenues for the maintenance of the infrastructure. He added that they plan to repaint the bus terminal and also some repairs to the toilet system.

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The USMID program is closing on 30th June 2024, and the government is already engaging with the World Bank to get funding to the tune of 750 million USD for 15 municipalities outside of Kampala and metropolitan areas.