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Local Governments Without Functional Roads Committee to Miss Out on Gov't Funds

Odongo says the road committees are expected to submit minutes of their meetings to Uganda Road Fund or else they will start missing the funds.
Local governments without functional Roads Committee will miss out on the funds for road maintenance, Engineer Michael Moses Odongo, the executive director Uganda Road Fund-URF has warned. Section 25 (II) of the Road Fund act 2008 requires local government to have a functional roads committee led by the accounting officer, with the LC V chairperson and all area legislators as members. The committee is mandated to take a decision on, which roads are to be worked on using money received from Uganda Road Fund and submit accountability for the money.  

However, Engineer Michael Moses Odongo says many local governments are operating without functional road committees. He says that even those that have formed the committees, they are not visibly and don’t meet frequently. Odongo says the road committees are expected to submit minutes of their meetings to Uganda Road Fund or else they will start missing the funds. He discloses that all local governments without functional committees will miss funds meant for road maintenance in the first quarter.

Odongo revealed that Uganda Road Fund has 91 billion shillings from central government for disbursement to districts and municipalities for road maintenance. He disclosed this while meeting Lira district officials early this week. Odongo expressed disappointment after Benon Rwanguha; the Lira Chief Administrative Officer disclosed that the road committee there was not functioning properly and members don’t meet regularly. Rwanguha shifted the blame on area legislators, whom he said don’t want to meet regularly.

Daniel Christopher Kaweesi, the Lira Town clerk later confirmed to URN hat they had not yet constituted the road committee. He however, pledged to ensure the committee is put in place soon so that they don’t miss on the funds for road maintenance. 

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