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Museveni Commissions UGX 31Bn Hoima USMID Roads

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Persis Namuganza, the Lands, Housing and Urban Development State Minister, said improving the outlook of the towns, municipalities and cities across the country is one of the signals that Uganda is driving towards the middle income status.
President Museveni Commissioning the Newly constructed Hoima USMID Roads in Kahoora Division Hoima Municipality.

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President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has warned local governments benefiting from the World Bank funded-Uganda to Municipal Infrastructural Development Project –USMID against misappropriation of the funds allocated to them.         

He issued the warning while commissioning 10 roads constructed under USMID in Kahoora division of Hoima Municipality on Tuesday. 

Museveni noted with concern that he has stated receiving reports of some municipalities misusing the funds.   

He also observed that several beneficiary municipalities had delayed to complete USMID projects because of hiring incompetent contractors.

He called for proper accountability of USMID funds by all beneficiary Municipalities across the country, saying whoever messes with the money will be dealt with accordingly.

         

 

Museveni explained that the NRM government was committed to improving the road infrastructure across the country, adding that a number of major roads have been worked on.

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Museveni lashed at the opposition, who he says keep on criticizing the NRM government for not ushering in rapid developments in the country, saying development is a gradual process that cannot take place in one day.

 

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Persis Namuganza, the Lands, Housing and Urban Development State Minister, said improving the outlook of the towns, municipalities and cities across the country is one of the signals that Uganda is driving towards the middle income status.  

She however, noted that at first they had challenges with some municipalities on the utilization of the project funds.

 

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Dr. Isaac Mutenyo, the Coordinator USMID Project in the Ministry of Lands Housing and Urban Development, said the project aims at improving the institutional capacities of municipalities and towns across the country through improving their infrastructure.  

He says Hoima was included to benefit from the USMID project due to the anticipated rapid growth of the industries in the region because of the oil discovery.

He said Hoima Municipality will get Shillings 50 billion this financial year under the USMID as additional financing that will run up to 2023.   

 

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Grace Mary Mugasa, Mayor Hoima Municipality applauded government for improving the road network in most towns in the country.  

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The roads worked on in Hoima at the tune of Shillings 31billion include Coronation, wright, Bunyoro kitara, Government, Old Tooro, Persy, Republic, Bujumbura, Kwebiiha and Kabalega all in Kahoora Division Hoima Municipality. 

The project has seen the town well lit, the drainage system improved and traffic lights installed to deal with the ever-increasing traffic. Construction work started in 2013.

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