President Yoweri Museveni on Friday launched the roads that were constructed under the Uganda Support to Municipal Infrastructure Development (USMID) project with funding from the World Bank.
The roads launched include; Buremba- Kakob, Akiki –Nyabongo, Buncunku Circular Road and Constantino Lobo; all of which were constructed in the financial year 2016/2017 at Shs 18billion.
Those completed in the second phase of the project include Mbaguta road, Bananuka Drive, Makan Singh Road and Bishop Wills at Shs 7bn.
The President also commissioned Mbarara Central Market, a Shs 22billion project that has been under construction since 2017.
Speaking to residents at the launch, President Museveni applauded the leadership of Mbarara Municipality for putting Government funds to proper use.
“Don’t blame your leaders, they have worked to their capacity and I can see the accountability, though this market is still under construction but I can see some good progress”, Museveni said.
The market, is expected to be fully completed and handed over to traders in 2020.
While speaking at the function the Mbarara Municipality Mayor Robert Mugabe Kakyebezi informed the president, that because of their frugality, Mbarara Municipality was ranked among the best in utilization of the World Bank project funds.
“Mr. President it’s good that you are here; they have been saying that ate this money for the roads and the market but you can witness yourself; everything is order,” he said.
On his part, Mbarara municipal council speaker Tashobya Bonny Karusya attributed the USMID success on hard work and cooperation.
Speaking separately to this website about the money that was sent back to the Treasury by the Municipality, Tashobya confirmed that ShS. 800Million was returned, due to the delayed release of the money from the ministry, which meant that it couldn’t be properly planned for.