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.
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
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
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.
//Cue in; “Ssawa zino eno…
Cue out…wansi ne waggulu.”//
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.
//Cue in; “Kunkuba nga ettonye…
Cue out…kuva eri waggulu.”//
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.
//Cue in; “Guno omwala
Cue out…gusigala gwesima.”//
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