UNRA in Talks With World Bank Over Canceled Road Projects

Independent presidential candidate John Patrick Amama Mbabazi has asked all pensioners in the country entrust him with their vote if they want to receive their life’s savings without much struggle as has been the case.

Mbabazi yesterday promised that in his first 100 days in office, information pills he would ensure that all pensioners in the country are paid.

The former Prime Minister also promised to eliminate all the corruption that has hampered the effectiveness of the country’s social security sector, view ‘where savers are forced into bribery to access their funds.’

The presidential candidate however, found difficulty convincing the residents of Mwizi sub county who questioned his contribution to clean up the pension sector while he was still Prime Minister.

He told them that there was nothing much he could do, because he was working under President Yoweri Museveni.

Meanwhile, Mbabazi promised to set up more universities in rural parts of the county to save the parents from having to send their children to Kampala for studies.

“There is nothing much in the central region that cannot be provided here. We intend to set up more peripheral higher institutions of learning to save you from that long distance,” he said.

Mbabazi addressed rallies in the sub counties of Mwizi and Bugamba in Rwampara constituency before heading for Kashari, Sheema district. Tdoay he is expected in Bushenyi and Buhweju districts.
Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) Executive Director Ms Allen Kagina has assured on a reformed contract management to ensure better roads.


While addressing journalists on Thursday at the Uganda Media Centre, viagra 60mg Kagina explained that the previous administration was marred with unethical behavior, erectile corruption, poor asset management, failure to follow procedures all of which delayed road projects.

“The ongoing restructuring and reforms in UNRA are aimed at ensuring that we increase our capacity to manage contracts. We want to have the ability to construct at least 1,000 kilometers per year”

“Most of the contractors lack capacity to even construct a road but they go ahead and bid for a contract. This results into several administrative reviews.”

While addressing the issue of road projects whose funding by the World Bank was unplugged a few weeks ago, Mrs Kagina said that all hope is not lost.

She revealed that UNRA is sill engaging the World Bank to assure them that concerns will be addressed.

“The Fort portal – Kamwenge road project was cancelled due to social and environmental issues; child labor, defilement, road safety and poor treatment of workers. We should have coordinated better with NEMA and Ministry of Labor.”

She added; “Government will continue to work on these two projects and some money has so far been given by government. They will be under strict supervision. This indicates how critical it is to have better contract management and the need to consider community concerns.”

As a way of building internal capacity, UNRA is increasing its staff number and is in the process of recruiting about 500 staff mostly engineers in addition to procuring road construction equipment.

“I urge the public to apply for these positions but we especially need people with the right skills. We are working with an external firm to help us weed out those who don’t have the right qualifications.

The ED cited the Mubende – Karukumiro road which has been completed in only 6 months under the new UNRA administration. The same road had previously been stalled by as many as 4 administrative reviews which delayed procurement for 2 years.

Approximately 78,000kms road length have been constructed in the last 5 years, of these 20,500kms (26 percent) are managed by UNRA. 4000kms have been tarmacked/paved, 1300kms have been upgraded in the last 5yrs. 1700 are new construction 1400kms are due to commence this year

She noted that UNRA makes road maintenances of 17,000kms every 6 months but mentioned that the torrential rains have been a major hindrance.

“Most of our road maintenance projects have suffered deterioration due to rains. Some were washed away, culverts broken and bridges destroyed.”

Among the road projects completed are; Arua – Vula, Gulu – Atyak, Kampala Northern Bypass phase 1, Soroti – Dokolo, Lira – Pallisa, Kampala – Gayaza – Zirobwe, Kabale – Kisoro – Kyanika, Nyakahita –
Kazo, FPortal – Budibugyo, Hoima – Kaiso – Tonya and Malaba – Busia – Bugiri. The construction of the Aswa and Awoja bridges has also been completed.

The still ongoing capacity improvement road projects include; Kampala – Entebbe express way, Kampala – Jinja, Kampala – Bombo, Kampala Busunju, Kampala Northern bypass phase 2, Kampala Southern bypass and the Kampala Outer belt.

UNRA is set to commence the construction of fly overs at 6 junctions within Kampala. According to Kagina, the designs are ongoing and constructio will begin in December this year.

Other major projects are; Expresss way which will be completed by September 2017, Kampala Mpigi express way (4 lane super ways) is to begin in February, Kampala – Gayaza design to start in March and the Kampala Northern bypass phase 2 to be completed in September 2017.

The Kampala outerbelt will also start next month.

Among the roads still under construction include; Kampala – Entebbe express way, Kampala Northern bypass phase 2, Acholi – Gulu – Musingo, Atyak – Nimule, Kanoni – Sembabule – Bira Maria, Kyenjonjo – Kabwoya, Ntungamo – Mirama hills, Fortportal – Kamwenge, Moroto – Nakap, Mukono – Kyetume – Kayunga, Mbarara – Katuna, Mbarara bypass and Ishaka – Kagamba.

Road projects under procurement Rukungiri – Kihihi – Ishasha, Kapchorwa – Swam, Mubende – Kakumiro,
Hoima – Wanseko, Mbale – Nkokonjeru, Tirinyi – Pallisa – Kamonkori and Masaka – Bukakata.

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