Fort Portal Municipality Feels Pinch of Losing Out on USMID Project

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Paul Omoko, the Town Clerk Fort Portal Municipality has promised to rectify the mistakes to enable them access USMID funds in the next financial year.

Fort Portal Municipality is feeling the pinch of missing out of the Uganda Support to Municipal Infrastructure Development - USMID project.
USMID is a five-year World Bank funded project aimed at enhancing institutional performance and improving urban service delivery. It is being implemented by the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development. It commenced in 2013/2014 and will end in 2018/2019.

Some of the projects that were supposed to be implemented by Fort Portal municipal council include the renovation of existing roads, opening new roads, installing street lights, construction of markets in all the three divisions, fixing the drainage system and beautification of the town through planting flowers along roads.

However, Fort Portal missed out on the funds for the 2016/2017 financial year for alleged failure to meet the minimum requirements. It also had challenges with procurement of contractors for civil works, disagreements between the technical staff and political leaders and failure to account for the funds disbursed in the 2015/2016 financial year to the municipality.
Reverend Willy Muhanga, the Mayor Fort Portal Municipality says that they were optimistic that the project would help develop the municipality, since it is advocating for a city status.
He however, says the roads in the municipality are in a very bad shape yet they lack funds to improve the infrastructure.   Some residents say they are increasingly frustrated by the deteriorating state of the roads and absence of street lights in some parts of the town. 
David Muhenda, a resident of Kiculeta village in South Division, says the absence of street lighting exposes their lives and businesses to danger, adding that the town is now a haven for criminals.

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Paul Omoko, the Town Clerk Fort Portal Municipality has promised to rectify the mistakes to enable them access USMID funds in the next financial year. 

He explains that Shillings 120 Million generated by municipality from local revenue each financial year is not enough to improve the infrastructure.

According to records from the office of the Municipal Engineer, under the USMID project, eight new access roads were supposed to be opened and six existing ones renovated.   


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