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Government Funding for Roads Still Insufficient – UNRA  

Samuel Muhoozi, the Director Roads and Bridges at Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) has told Parliament that money allocated towards road construction is insufficient.

Appearing along with the UNRA team before the Committee on Commissions Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises (COSASE), Muhoozi said the number of roads in the country that need to be worked on, still outweighs the budget allocation.

“The demand for these roads even in this coming financial year is more than the MTEF (medium-term expenditure framework) you give us and you cannot say stop here,” Muhoozi says.

Despite this, Muhoozi says, some road projects cannot be halted due to overwhelming public demand. Key among those he cited the oil roads that were not budgeted for last year but had an obligation to execute.

Muhoozi was responding to legislators’ queries over 288 billion shillings that went towards settling irregular domestic arrears.

According to the auditor General, domestic arrears stood at 239 billion in Financial Year 2014/15, 283 billion in FY 2015/16 and 288 billion in FY 2017/18.

Kiira Municipality MP Hon. Ibrahim Semujju Nganda advised UNRA to desist from committing what they don’t have. The MP says over 2.1 billion shillings was spent on interests something that raises suspicion.

The legislators were also irked by 60 billion shillings that was meant to pay project affected persons (PAPs) in 45 projects but instead went towards settling contractors.  Among those roads include Acholi-Bor.

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However, before they could fully explain, they were asked to report tomorrow with accompanying evidence.

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