UNRA procures 108 trucks for road maintenance

By Samuel Balagadde

Each of the forty trucks valued at $65,000 about Sh267m are to beef up the existing road equipment like the water bowser trucks ,truck loaders

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PIC:Allen Kagina UNRA executive director during the  flagging off of 40 trucks  to different  UNRA stations  at Mpigi station on Wednesday 

Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) has procured 108 trucks to boost the road   maintenance fleet across the country.

 The first batch   of forty 15 ton Chinese Foton trucks were flagged   off to respective districts by Allen Kagina , UNRA  executive   after  tentative training  of   drivers  on their maintenance.

The beneficiaries include, Mubende, Kampala, Mpigi Kitgum , Arua, Luweero  among others and to be used in carrying of marram, hardcore  stones  among other materials  for  road works.   

 

Each of the  forty trucks   valued at $65,000  about Sh267m are  to  beef up the existing road equipment  like  the water  bowser trucks ,truck loaders  among others  at  respective  UNRA stations.

Kagina said each of the 23 UNRA stations has to be equipped with five trucks to address challenges of bad roads and bridges.

"All the road construction equipment are limited to road works and for any emergencies, applications must be made in writing to minimize the wear and tear costs.  ," said Kagina.

She said after equipping all the stations with required   road construction units, she will not expect any excuses for failure of over 20,000Km road network under UNRA mandate.

Currently is UNRA is disposing off   some of the old road equipment they inherited from the ministry of works for repeated breakdown with increased   maintenance costs.

"We have so far recruited enough staff that must match with the   existing   tools to connect Uganda with efficient   road   network," said Kagima.

 The ministry  of works  and transport is  expected  to bring  in more  road maintenance  equipment   in  a few months  to come of which  UNRA  and other  institutions  are   expected  to   get a share.

Kagina  urged  her staff  to  redeem  the  image of  the institution    by being exemplary  in  what  they do.

"A single mistake by one staff tarnishes the image of others in the institution. Live by example by doing what is required of you rightly and at the right time, 'she said