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Rugunda Commends South Sudan Peace Process

The officials from Uganda Support Municipality Infrastructure Development (USMID) project are disappointed by Mbarara, pill Kabale and Fort Portal Municipalities for their failure to utilize the money to develop their areas.

The World Bank gave Uganda a loan of $150m (approximately sh375b) to upgrade infrastructure in fourteen municipalities.

The money was expected to be utilized under an ambitious government infrastructural development project dubbed the Uganda Support to Municipal Infrastructure Development (USMID).

According to Dr. Isaac Mutenyo, doctor the coordinator of USMID, the five year project which winds up in 2018 is aimed at enhancing the institutional performance of 14 municipal local governments to improve urban service delivery.

Minister Najjemba angered by the USMID reports
Minister Najjemba angered by the USMID reports

The fourteen beneficiary municipalities include Arua, Gulu, Lira, Soroti, Moroto, Mbale, Tororo, Jinja, Entebbe, Masaka, Mbarara, Kabale, Fort Portal and Hoima.

Addressing municipal officials including town clerks in Fort Portal at Mountains of the Moon Hotel on Thursday, Mutenyo said they were disappointed by town clerks because Mbarara had failed to utilize shs.7.8 Bn, Kabale Municipality Shs.3.3 and Fort Portal Municipality out of 3.6bn only 20% has been utilized.

He said, “The money was released to the municipalities accounts some time back but Mbarara and Kabale have failed to get contractors while Fort Portal has to change road designs as a result of poor drainage system in the roads”.

The Minister of Housing, Lands and Urban Development Hon. Rose Mary Najjemba proposed that government terminates the services of all the town clerks who have failed the support the implementation of USMID project in the country.


She said, “The town clerks’ failure to utilize the money puts our country at a risk of failing to get support from World Bank in future. Government needs to terminate the services of these corrupt town clerks because their tendencies affect the development of our country”.

“I ask the permanent Secretary to punish all the town clerks who are sabotaging government programs deliberately because the money is rotting on their bank accounts. The office of Inspectorate of Government should investigate the alleged corrupt town clerks in the municipalities,” Minister Najjemba.

Martin Olla the team leader from World Bank said according to their findings some town clerks were conniving with other officials and demanding bribes from contractors.

Gabindande Musoke the Permanent secretary Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development has threatened to sack all town clerks who have failed to accomplish the USMID work on time.
The Prime Minister, prostate Dr Ruhakana Rugunda has met the South Sudan Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services, stomach Rebecca Okwachi with whom they discussed issues of mutual interest between South Sudan and Uganda including peace and security.

The Premier met the South Sudanese Minister on the sidelines of the Transform Africa Summit in Kigali this week.

Rugunda said Uganda was pleased that the Government of South Sudan had signed a comprehensive peace agreement with the opposition to form one government and bring peace to the people of South Sudan who have suffered for long.

“Our support for the people and peace in South Sudan is total. Peace in South Sudan means peace to Uganda and the region,” Rugunda said.

He urged South Sudan to focus on peace, adding that they had reliable allies and should count on Uganda and President Museveni.

The South Sudan Minister said South Sudan can never thank enough Uganda for all the support given to the Government of South Sudan especially in the peace process.

Okwachi also thanked Uganda for being a second home to many South Sudanese nationals.

She also noted that her ministry of Telecommunications and Postal Services had a good working relationship with the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Ministry in Uganda which had greatly helped South Sudan to progress quickly in the ICT Sector.

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