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Minister Kasaija critical of road maintenance

By Billy Rwothungeyo

Added 16th January 2018 12:27 PM

"As we construct new roads, we should find resources to maintain the existing roads," Minister Kasaija said.

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"As we construct new roads, we should find resources to maintain the existing roads," Minister Kasaija said.

PIC: Finance minister Matia Kasaija

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KAMPALA - Finance minister Matia Kasaija has admitted that the Government is doing a poor job maintaining paved roads across the country.

While speaking at the groundbreaking ceremony of the construction of joint offices for the Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Assets Authority (PPDA) and the Uganda Road Fund (URF) recently, Kasaija said neglecting road maintenance is eroding strides made by constructing new ones.

“The road linking Mityana and Mubende is due for resurfacing. I am told a road should last 15 years and this road was opened in 1994. Those of us who use it can see its condition,”

“As we construct new roads, we should find resources to maintain the existing roads. I do not want to see the potholes like those on Mubende-Mityana Road and those between Seeta and Mukwono,” Kasaija said.

The minister urged local governments to co-operate with the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) to share new road equipment.

“UNRA should be able to access this equipment through an agreement. It is pointless for the equipment to lay idle while a road remain in a poor state.

Dr Michael Odong, the URF executive director, called on the Government to increase budgetary allocation to the agency, saying this will improve the state of affairs.

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