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Nakaseke residents protest delayed Luweero-Butalangu roadworks

By Frederick Kiwanuka

Added 15th May 2017 04:30 PM

Parliament has approved a $40m loan from the Arab Bank for Economic Development to tarmac the road

Nakaseke residents protest delayed Luweero-Butalangu roadworks

Parliament has approved a $40m loan from the Arab Bank for Economic Development to tarmac the road

 

Transport between Luweero and Nakaseke districts got paralyzed on Monday after irate residents set up barricades across the 30km Luweero-Butalangu Road that links the headquarters of the two districts.

The residents who were protesting against the poor condition of the road, barred travellers from moving along it which prompted Police to move in.

The demonstration inconvenienced hundreds of travellers, including Nakaseke district employees, the majority of whom commute from Luweero to Butalangu where Nakaseke District headquarters are located.

Parliament has approved a $40m loan from the Arab Bank for Economic Development to tarmac the road, but the project is yet to kick off.

Nakaseke Deputy RDC Africano Aharikundira accused the demonstrators of being impatient.

"It is everybody's knowledge that the road is soon to be tarmacked. There is no reason why they have taken to the streets," Aharikundira said.

According to the UNRA highway specialist, Moses Ochole, preparations of detailed engineering design and bidding documents have already been completed

Ochole said the proposed project will upgrade the road to a class ‘A' road with a 20-year design life with pavement surfacing.

He said half of the required loan will be from the Arab Bank for Economic development in Africa (BADEA) while another half will come from the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID)

Ochole said government is to foot a sh21b budget to compensate the affected families whose homes are located in 24 villages in Luwero and Nakaseke.

He said a total of 131.29ha of land will be acquired for the implementation of the project.

Nakaseke North MP, Syda Bumba said the upgrading of the gravel road would improve connectivity and spur growth in the region.

She noted that the road leads to important facilities like the missionary founded Kiwoko Hospital and big economic entities like Butalangu Abattoir.

Nakaseke LC5 Ignatius Koomu said the upgraded road will ease movement between Luweero and Nakaseke.

Luweero to Butalangu is a distance of only 30km, but taxi operators charge a staggering 10,000 for a single journey because of the rough road surface.

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