By Frederick Anyine
Mbarara District and Municipality leaders have accepted to work together on the project of upgrading and widening of 20.2 km road network of selected roads.
In a consultative meeting held at the district council hall at Kamukuzi on August 20 2019, the resident engineer Uganda National Roads Authority Engineer (UNRA) Jacob Asiimwe said that the civil works of bituminizing the roads will be implemented in 18 months starting September 02 2019. Mbarara Municipaity has been upgraded to a city status, thus the necessity to have good roads.
The roads have been contracted by Chongqing International Construction Corporation (CICO) which will be measuring 10 meters in width that will incorporate shoulders, walk ways and drainage system.
Asiimwe says widening of the roads will affect developments along the road work area of 10 meters, but the owners will not be compensated.
Mbarara municipality Hon Michael Tusiime explained when the planned 20.2 kilometers of road are fully bituminized will add to the 20 km already done under the Urban Support Municipal Infrastructure Development USMID project totaling about 40 km remaining a work load of about 524 km out of total 564 km total road network in the municipality.
On the challenge of bridges the municipality is facing mainly Kanyeite that connects Nyakaizi Cell in Kakoba Division to Karugangama Cell in Katete Nyamitanga Division and Lugazi bridge which links Lugazi Cell in Kakoba Division to
Katete-Kampala trading center in Nyamitanga division, Tusiime advised that the matter to be brought to the forefront through the local council meetings in their divisions.
“I encourage council leaders in the lower councils to bring the issues affecting their people in the councils so that they are addressed. It is your duty to make authorities know what challenges are affecting their people,” he said.
These bridges are used by pedestrians, boda boda cyclists and small vehicles to cross R. Rwizi which meanders in the municipality separating the 3 divisions of the municipality save for the main bridge on the highway.
However, the Mayor Mbarara Municipality Robert Kakyebezi Mugabe says as municipal leaders they have done their best on infrastructure development. He encourages all local leaders to publicize government projects that have succeeded for people to know the achievements of government to make the forthcoming general elections a win for NRM political party. He promises that council will keep lobbying government and other development partners for more funding. The project is fully funded by the government of Uganda.