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Lugazi Residents Decry USMID Delays as Road Network Wanes

Lugazi is one of the eight municipalities which were selected to benefit from the additional funding for the implementation of the second phase of the World Bank-supported project. The others are Kitgum, Kamuli, Mubende, Kasese, Busia, Ntungamo and Apac.
A drainage channel connecting from the Central Division to Nakazadde ward near Lugazi Diocese.

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Lugazi municipality residents have tasked area authorities to expedite the process for the implementation of Uganda Support for Municipality Infrastructural Development-USMID project. 

Lugazi is one of the eight municipalities which were selected to benefit from the additional funding for the implementation of the second phase of the World Bank-supported project. The others are Kitgum, Kamuli, Mubende, Kasese, Busia, Ntungamo and Apac. 

Under the phase, for which the government received financing to the tune of USD 360 million, Lugazi municipality set out to improve its road network, and enhance its beautification program through street lighting and greening under its Municipal Development Plan. The municipality will be given an equivalent of 6.2 billion Shillings annually for a period of five years. 

Although the project was meant to start in the financial year 2018/2019 with road construction and improvement of drainage channels, there is nothing on the ground, yet the state of roads in the area has continued to deteriorate. The most affected include Ntenga, Kinyoro, Market-street 1- 4, Umea, Adventist, Kulubya and Nabugabo Road and a drainage channel stretching from the central town to Nakazadde near Lugazi Diocese. 

Isma Muwadda, one of the area residents says that the roads emit a lot of dust during sunny days and become impassable whenever it rains. 

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Another resident Nobert Kato faults the municipality for a slow pace in the implementation of the project, despite acknowledging that the funding had been released to offset the construction of key roads within the municipality.      

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Betty Naturinda, another concerned resident is worried that the water drainage channel connecting from the central division pours water into a community well, putting at risk the lives of people, within the community.  

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But Lugazi Deputy Town Clerk Nathan Kitakule says that the consultants are finalizing development designs to enhance physical development, before the implementation of the project. 

“Much as we had to embark on the road construction in the previous financial year, money was returned to the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development to ensure proper use until designs are confirmed,” Kitakule says, adding that the return was done under the ministry's guidance not as a result of a failure.  

Steven Mpiima the Central Division Chairperson says they are looking at USMID funding to improve their community. He says Lugazi is facing a challenge of dilapidated roads hampering development. 

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