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Ministry of Works Needs UGX 400bn for Road Maintenance

Minister of Works and Transport Eng. Monica Azuba Ntege says that the amount only caters for 50% of the maintenance needs. She says that the maintenance requirement has gradually increased from 800 billion shillings to 1 trillion shillings to meet the road maintenance needs.
Minister Monica Azuba Ntege shares a photo moment with other government officials after the presentation

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The Ministry of Works and Transport needs 473 billion shillings for road maintenance across the country.

Minister of Works and Transport Eng. Monica Azuba Ntege says that the amount only caters for 50% of the maintenance needs. She says that the maintenance requirement has gradually increased from 800 billion shillings to 1 trillion shillings to meet the road maintenance needs.

The Minister was on Thursday presenting the progress made by the National Resistance Movement in fulfilling it 2016-2021 Manifesto in the works and transport sector. 

She said the Ministry was in talks with the Finance Ministry to increase funding for road maintenance. 

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In the manifesto, the NRM committed to support the Uganda National Roads Authority- UNRA rehabilitation program with a fully funded Road maintenance program. It also committed that it would maintain 2,500km and 10,000km of paved and unpaved roads respectively.

According to Azuba's presentation, the NRM has successfully met and exceeded the set target for maintenance with above 100,000Km paved road and 200,000km unpaved roads since financial year 2015/2016.

She, however, says that there is need for better financing to maintain the roads in the country.

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Away from maintenance, the NRM also committed to rehabilitate 700 km of old paved roads.

The Minister reports that 428.5km of national road network was rehabilitate between 2015 to 2018.

Rehabilitated roads include 59km of Kiryadongo Karuma Kamdini, 62km of Kamdini Gulu, 65km of Ntungamo Kabale Katuna, 92km of Mukono Kayunga Njeru and 36km of Namunsi Sironko Muyembe Kapchorwa.

More 341kms of roads are being worked on and expected to be completed within the current financial year. These include 102km of Nakalama Tirinyi Mbale, 58km of Katunguru Ishaka, and 58km of Hima Katunguru and 50km of Fort portal Kyenjojo roads among others. 

The NRM also promised construction of expressways In line with the broad strategy on urbanisation. These were within the Greater Kampala Metropolitan Area and other urban areas including; the Kampala Southern by-pass, the Kampala-Entebbe Expressway with spur to Munyonyo (51km), Kampala-Jinja Expressway (77km), Kampala-Bombo Expressway (35km), Kibuye-Busega-Mpigi Expressway (33km) among others, will be constructed during the next five years. 

These were expected to improve connection with other countries within the region and reduce traffic congestion which has a higher cost on the economy. 

On this, the NRM has only managed to work on the Kampala Entebbe Expressway whose cumulative progress the minister puts at 98.74% against the anticipated 99.1% by March 2019.

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