Business
Districts fail to account for road funds
Publish Date: Feb 09, 2014
Districts fail to account for road funds
Districts are given funds on a quarterly basis to maintain their roads
  • mail
  • img
newvision

By Ronald Kalyango

THE Uganda Road Fund (URF) has withheld about sh400m meant for road maintenance in Masaka and Gulu districts after the respective accounting officers failed to account for an earlier release.

URF executive director, Dr. Michael Odong revealed that the unaccounted for funds were released to the districts in the last quarter.

Odong told journalists at URF offices at Twed Towers in Kampala that the withheld sh400m was meant for January-April quarter road maintenance.

“We have withheld their funds because they failed to submit satisfactory annual work plans for 2013/14 financial year and subsequently have never signed performance agreements,” said Odongo.

On average, he explained, districts receive between sh150m to sh200m; municipalities get about sh200m and town councils on average receive about sh60m on a quarterly basis to maintain roads.

“We have given them up to February 15, to account for the funds that they received in the last quarter and also sign the agreements. Otherwise, they will not receive funds meant for road maintenance in their districts,” Odong said.

Other accounting officers who are required to provide accountability for the funds that they received include those from Butambala, Buhweju and Agago.

URF is also demanding accountability from the accounting officers of Mbale, Soroti, Tororo, Hoima, Ntungamo, Busia and Bushenyi-Ishaka municipalities.

Odongo also said the districts of Kibaale, Mpigi and Rukungiri municipal council received their funds but with stern warning from the URF to file timely accountabilities.

“We want all officials to desist from corruption involving road maintenance funds as has been the case. Those who fail to account will be taken to courts of Law,” said Odongo.

He said sh75b was recently released to different government agencies for maintenance of various categories of public roads in this financial year.

Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) received over sh55b, Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) got over sh1.3bn while the districts are supposed to share sh8.8b.

A statement by URF said municipalities have been allocated sh3.3b, town councils sh4b and over sh700m provided for emergencies and special interventions in the beneficiary areas.

“We caution agencies that have continued to abuse road maintenance funds to desist from it or else funds will be withheld as provided for in the Uganda Road Fund Act, 2008,” Odongo said.

The statements, comments, or opinions expressed through the use of New Vision Online are those of their respective authors, who are solely responsible for them, and do not necessarily represent the views held by the staff and management of New Vision Online.

New Vision Online reserves the right to moderate, publish or delete a post without warning or consultation with the author.Find out why we moderate comments. For any questions please contact digital@newvision.co.ug

  • mail
  • img
blog comments powered by Disqus
Also In This Section
Minister promotes cassava growing
Cassava farmers should add value to their produce to meet the rising demand for the crop in local and regional markets, finance state minister, Fred Jachan Omach, has said....
Parliament set to scrap taxes on agricultural inputs
The House is today poised to adopt a finance committee report that recommended that the proposed 18% Value Added Tax (VAT) on agricultural inputs and equipment be scrapped...
EAC boss decries non-tariff barriers within Community
There is still slow progress in the removal of Non-Tariff Barriers in the East African Community (EAC) despite efforts in implementing commitments made in the customs union and common market protocol....
Uganda
The Lord Mayor of London says Uganda’s 6% economic growth per year is an enviable success compared to other giant and emerging economies....
NDA arrests herbalists for vending fake drugs
Sixteen herbalists including four Kenyans Masai medicine men have been arrested by National Drug Authority (NDA) in Kampala for hawking fake drugs....
UTB partners with Golf club to woo tourists
No sport draws crowds of the world’s most extravagant spenders like golf. It is with this in mind that Uganda Tourism Board (UTB) has positioned itself to utilise golf as an avenue to promote Uganda’s tourism....
Will early retirement solve Uganda’s unemployment problem?
Yes
No
Can't Say
follow us
subscribe to our news letter