Gulu Municipality is one of the 14 recipients of the infrastructure development grant under the World Bank funded Uganda Support to Municipal Infrastructure Development (USMID).
More than 10 Kilometers of roads have been completed in Gulu municipality, formerly, the epicenter of the two decades of brutal conflict by the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA).
The project has unveiled a new look in Gulu, getting rid of gaping potholes from her streets as she strides towards becoming the regional city in 2019. Constructed roads include Lango Road, School road, Cemetery road, Acholi Lane and Alokolum road. Others are Lumumba Avenue, Commercial Road, Crane Avenue and Odur Min Odyek Road.
Peter Labeja, a URN journalist based in Gulu, interviewed Members of the Local Government Accounts Committee of Parliament while on a tour of Gulu about their impression of the roads paved under USMID Project so far.
Ibrahim Kasozi, Member of Parliament for Makindye East Constituency said the roads had remarkably improved compared to when he visited a year earlier.
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Fred Angela, the Moroto Municipality Member of Parliament says they are only concerned about an allegation of shoddy work brought to their attention by a whistle blower.
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Aswa County Member of Parliament who chairs the Committee says they will return to Gulu to examine a value for money audit report by the office of Auditor General to ascertain whether the work so far done is commensurate with millions of dollars injected in the roads.
By 2019, a total of USD 160 million would have been disbursed over the first phase of the development grant for its first six years. In Northern Uganda, the target municipalities are Arua, Gulu and Lira while Soroti, Moroto, Mbale, Tororo and Jinja are implementing the grant in Eastern Uganda.
From Western Uganda, four districts are undertaking implementation of the development grant. They are Mbarara, Kabale, Fort Portal and Hoima while in Central region, Entebbe and Masaka are the only beneficiaries in the first phase.