Minister Kasaija Warns UNRA Against Delaying Projects

The Finance Minister Hon. Matia Kasaija has strongly warned Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) against delaying the road projects as they affect the economic development of the country.

“Delay of works projects not only affects the development of the road transport but also markets because farmers need to have better roads to transport their produce to markets, pharmacy ” He said.

“When you hear of youth unemployment, buy more about it’s real and we can’t address it when we still have the habit of delaying projects. I also advise you to work day and night and aim at service provision instead of
satisfying your own interests”.

The minister was on Monday speaking to Kabarole district leaders and UNRA officials at Mountains of the Moon Hotel in Fort Portal shortly before going for the monitoring of the Fort Portal-Kamwenge road

He warned that mistakes of human rights violations against the girl child that happened on Fort Portal-Kamwenge road should not happen again because they led to the suspension of funding by the World Bank.

Minister Kasaija disclosed that the world bank has also cancelled the funding for Tororo-Soroti-Lira Kamuini road and Kabwoya-Kagadi Kyenjojo road because of the delays in implementation and human rights violations which should not repeated in future.

“All road projects that will not have clear road designs as well as finalized accepted community plans shall not be financed. This will help guard against protests by the community and delays in implementation, ” He added.

Hon Janet Mukwaya, the Minister for Gender advised that before embarking on any project, UNRA should come out and explain to the members of the public and the affected communities the designs of the roads clearly to avoid protests.


She encouraged parents to guide and counsel the girl child to avoid male contractors who go on rampage to lure them into sexual acts.

UNRA Executive director Allen Kagina said that the Authority had embarked on sensitizing community leaders, students and pupils along the projects that are being implemented.

Kabarole District chairperson Mr.Rwabuhinga Richard was happy to note that the tarmacking of Fort Portal Kamwenge has reached Rwaitera in Ruteete and encouraged people to work hard, increase their production so as to utilize this road for economic purposes.

The world bank suspended funding for the Kamwenge Fort Portal road following reports that the Chinese contractors were abusing the rights of children and women, raping and defiling them.

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