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Gov't to take over tarmacking of municipality roads

By John Semakula

Added 12th February 2019 11:12 AM

Butime said the move is intended to ensure that roads within the municipalities are of the same standard like those of the capital city, Kampala.

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Butime said the move is intended to ensure that roads within the municipalities are of the same standard like those of the capital city, Kampala.

ROAD CONSTRUCTION

KAMPALA- Government is considering taking over the tarmacking of roads in the 41 municipalities in the country to ease service delivery for local leaders.

The Minister of Local Government, Tom Butime disclosed this during a meeting with municipality mayors and town clerks held at Hotel Africana last Friday.
 
Butime said the move is intended to ensure that roads within the municipalities are of the same standard like those of the capital city, Kampala.

Currently, roads in the municipalities are tarmacked by the municipality leadership. However, there has always been concern over poor quality tarmac in the towns, which local leaders are blaming on poor funding.   

Butime said in future the Ministry of Works will tarmac the roads within the municipalities before handing them over to municipalities to maintain them.

“We have visitors who come to Kampala and also visit the municipalities such as Jinja, Masaka and Mukono,” Butime said, adding that it is the reason we need uniformity in the standard of the roads.

Butime was responding to concerns of municipality mayors and town clerks over poor funding for upgrading the roads and the increasing dust in the towns.

The Mayors told the minister that whereas the municipalities are the faces of the districts; their poor state of road network casts districts in bad limelight. 


The mayors’ concern was raised by Haji Majid Batambuze, the chairperson of the Urban Authorities Association of Uganda (UAAU). UAAU brings together all the mayors of the municipalities.

Batambuze said the sh1.4bn given to the municipality annually for roads can tarmac one kilometer.

He said  he needs to be mayor for 200 years to tarmac the roads in Jinja municipality.

The mayors and town clerks also cited a number of other challenges municipalities face and asked central government to intervene.

Batambuze told the minister that they have no means of transport to monitor government programmes. But Butime assured the mayors that government has secured funds to buy 41 Toyota Hilux for the mayors.

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