Hoima District Stuck with Nonfunctional Road Equipment

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Hoima district received a grader, a tipper lorry, a pickup and two motorcycles, but according to Vincent Irumba, the Hoima District roads inspector, all the machines are now nonfunctional. Irumba attributes the breakdown to the poor quality of the machines and the heavy workload.

 
Road maintenance remains problematic in Hoima district following the breakdown of all the road equipment distributed to the district in 2012.

The equipment supplied by a Chinese company FA, at a cost of US$100million (248.7 billion Uganda shillings), was intended to help local governments in the rehabilitation and maintenance of roads.

Hoima district received a grader, a tipper lorry, a pickup and two motorcycles, but according to Vincent Irumba, the Hoima District roads inspector, all the machines are now nonfunctional. Irumba attributes the breakdown to the poor quality of the machines and the heavy workload.

An investigation by the Parliamentary Committee of Public Service and Local Governments for the FY 2013/2014 established that most of the equipment distributed was faulty, with most breaking down within a month. This made it difficult for districts to work on the roads since the equipment could not be used to open up new roads, as well as work on hard and rocky areas.  

In line with the same argument, Irumba says the department is now finding it hard to maintain and supervise district roads.  The district works department now has a single grader and as a result, only 200 of the road network of 700kilometers are motorable.
 
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Hoima district planner John Williams Byakagaba says although funds are available for operation and maintenance of roads, the district gets overwhelmed by the constant breakdown of the distributed equipment.
 
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