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The Masaka-Bukakata road will transform many lives

On Sunday, President Yoweri Museveni commissioned the civil works for a 41km road in fulfillment of both the 2018/19 budget priority and one of his campaign pledges that won him and the NRM government a five-year term in 2016.

Kalangala district was among the hard-to-reach areas, but with this road, it will become an easy-to-reach district, thereby boosting the tourism sector; the district is blessed with islands that have beautiful sceneries and beaches.

Let me define the main features of the road, which form my opinion today. The commissioned road shall be upgraded from gravel to class II bituminous standard with a seven-metre-wide carriageway and 1.5-metre-wide shoulders and it will entail five-kilometre linking to Lambu landing site.

The road construction project envisions key works to include: clearing and grubbing within the right way, earthworks, rock fill in swamps, construction of the drainage network and construction of the pavement layers.

Other works include: double bitumen surface treatment, 200m-thick crushed stone base layer, 100mm-thick layer of CRS as upper sub-base layer, 150mm-thick improved lower sub-base layer (blend of natural gravel and pit sand), 300mm-thick selected sub-grade layer, surfacing of carriageway and shoulders, and embankment of the protection works.

The same project will take care of upgrading existing town roads: Nyendo-Kitovu cathedral - St Henry’s Kitovu-Kitovu hospital (4km, rehabilitation and improvement) and Mutesa I Royal University road (1km, reconstruction and improvement) and Kako road (1.5km.)

The overall objective of this particular project is to promote equal access to economic and social development opportunities across Uganda, improvement of the quality of the national road network and connectivity to all areas of the country and continual improvement of national road sector that is on the national level.

But at the local level, the objectives include: improving of access to goods/passenger transport services and reduction of transport costs along the smooth route, improve access to social and economic development opportunities along the route and ensuring that there are no roadside communities that become worse off as a result of road construction works.

In addition, people in local communities have immense direct benefits during the two-year period of road works. The opportunities range from jobs to creation of awareness and sensitization of people about the pandemic of HIV/Aids to the increment of business opportunities for local people.

The project, therefore, is in line with NRM government’s strategy for economic development and eradication of poverty. As the minister of state, Works, I would implore fellow Ugandans - especially the local people residing along Masaka-Bukakata road - to tap into the benefits, specifically employment and business opportunities. 

I am certain that the project will make strides in changing the lives of our people across the country. However, I would ask the political leadership in the area to get involved in the entire process, especially monitoring the contractors for effectual implementation. 

Some Ugandans will rush to say that the money for these road works is borrowed from Arab Bank for Economic Development of Africa and Opec Fund for International Development.

Granted, it’s borrowed money. But I seek to remind whoever holds such a view that we shall collectively have to repay those loans together through the taxes we pay, thus making it prudent for us all to make efforts to ensure that money paid to the contractors and consultants is put to good use to avert undue losses as a result of shoddy works or otherwise.

Fortunately, I observed the presence of almost all political, community, prominent religious leaders and civil servants, which strengthens my faith in this project transforming the lives of Ugandans.

Lastly, I wish to express my gratitude to President Museveni for the fulfillment of the campaign pledge, my senior minister Ntege Azuba for her able leadership, and Allen Kagina for leading the implementation agency on behalf of the ministry and government.

The writer is the minister of State for Works.

 

Comments

+1 #1 kabayekka 2019-01-09 18:48
What environmental impact will this road have on the rich swamps that are full of fresh water, fauna and flora?

The contractors must be very much aware of such a problem but they seem to want to keep their silence.

Of course because environmental issues have no place in the books of those in Power and Money.
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+1 #2 kabayekka 2019-01-10 16:46
Road building in this country is taking on the profile of grabbing land and after putting a bit of bitumen on these Ancient roads the Authorities start allowing the settlement of all sorts of people alongside these roads anyhow with their small business and all.

It is wrong to settle people on country roadways that must be clear for traffic to travel at maximum speed without any risk to pedestrians and dodgy built homes. And as traffic meets township boundaries, rules then have got to change for roadway traffic and community settlement.
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+2 #3 Musazi 2019-01-11 03:44
Katumba Wamala as a soldier you shoukd not be partisan.

50% of the national budget is spent in western Uganda that means the rest of Uganda suffers so am not sure what you are yapping about.

You lot went to the bush for personal gain and sure enough you have reduced this country to ruins. It is going to take maybe three generations to rebuild and you think that this okay. Shame on you.
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+1 #4 Jama 2019-01-12 17:17
You acceded to power by the gun and continue to impose your regime by it.

The so called infrastructure you're praising in the stalinian fashion is limited to a small part of the country.

After 3 decades of corrupt rule,if really you were really serious ,we couldn't be talking about roads but other advanced means of transport.

You have even failed to connect the entire nation by through railway network.

It would be wise for your band of war mongers to give way for a new generation of leaders who will do things better than you.
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0 #5 Akot 2019-01-13 19:45
Quoting Jama:
You acceded to power by the gun and continue to impose your regime by it.

The so called infrastructure you're praising in the stalinian fashion is limited to a small part of the country.

After 3 decades of corrupt rule,if really you were really serious ,we couldn't be talking about roads but other advanced means of transport.

You have even failed to connect the entire nation by through railway network.

It would be wise for your band of war mongers to give way for a new generation of leaders who will do things better than you.


Thanks!

Time Ugandans UNITE & take back their power, tribal lands then put in place the kindof governance they want, knowing no tribe is fighting another!

Museveni MUST be stopped, NOW, from using us to own our land while making us enemies of ourselves!
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0 #6 Akot 2019-01-13 19:54
kabayekka, agreed, yet,

As things are Museveni will be master of every piece of land in Uganda then make us all migrants, foreiengers, unwanted elements!

Uganda is the last chance now for Museveni to settle rwandes not wanted by Kagame & those in DRCongo who now see our country as hope!

Rwandese in Tanzania come to Uganda, right?

Ugandans MUST UNITE to take back their country then go for Independent Tribal States, if they don't want to Reform the Republic!

Why is Museveni still in State House, owns tax money, controls parliament...& will surely own each & every tribal land & the demon uses us to fight one another to hand over our country to him?
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