Impassable Roads Grace Luweero Two Years After Gov't Donated Equipment

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Livingstone Kategeya, the chairperson Kamira Sub county explains that with the revival of the road units, the government also allowed local administrative units to use ‘force on account' policy where they fuel the equipment and construct roads without following the bureaucratic tendering process.

Several roads in Luweero are still impassable two years after government revived roads units across the country. In June 2012, government distributed road equipment to 111 districts and 22 municipalities.
 
The equipment, which included graders, dump truck and pickups among others was a acquired through a loan from the Chinese government to the tune of over $100 million. While commissing the road equipment, president Yoweri Museveni said the move was aimed at reducing the high costs involved in hiring private contractors.
 
On top of receiving the road equipment, Luweero district was also gazetted as the Regional Service Center for the routine maintenance and repair of the road equipment.  However,  residents and local leaders say they are yet to see the difference since the road equipment was delivered as most of the roads are still inaccessible.
 
The most affected roads are Bukibi-Kagugo, Kyabatanza-Kabukunga-Nabinaka, Kanyanda-Bukekete-Kasozi,Katiti-Nsanvu,Mayanja-Namakata-Kangave,Nalongo-Kakabala-Nakakono and Kasiiso-Mazzi among others.
 


Livingstone Kategeya, the chairperson Kamira Sub county explains that with the revival of the road units, the government also allowed local administrative units to use ‘force on account' policy where they fuel the equipment and construct roads without following the bureaucratic tendering process.
 
He however, says they are disappointed because they have tried to access the district road equipment in vain because it is most of the time faulty or or unavailable.  Kategeya adds that in the 2013/14 financial year, Kamira Sub County received eight million shillings from the Road Fund which they  earmarked for opening access roads but they applied for road equipment in vain and were forced to hire private equipment.
 
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He adds that due to the poor roads in his area,  a kilogram of maize has dropped to 300 shillings because traders can't access farms. Erasto Kibirango, LC V councilor Bamunanika Sub County says even the few roads constructed by the equipment are shoddy and look like ‘gardens' few months after completion.
 
Bwanika Bbaale an opinion leader claims that the equipment is too weak given the nature of work that is why it frequently breaks down. 

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James Mugema and Hanipher Namwanj, both residents of Nabinaka Village say they are stuck with their maize and watermelon harvest because of the failure by the district and sub county to construct roads. Which has left them in abject poverty. 
 
The duo say they have abandoned the roads because of flooding and the slippery surface, which hade them impassable. Ivan Serwambala, the Luweero district Engineer declined to comment on the state of the roads.
 
But Imraan Mukiibi, the District Finance and Planning sectreray admits that there is very little difference since the road unit was revived, a problem he attributes to lack of fuel.
 
 

 
Mukiibi also admits that the equipment is always faulty adding that, central government is yet to deliver the remaining set of the road unit.
 
 
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Every Financial Year, Luweero District gets 410 million shillings for road maintenance and construction.



 

 

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Brian Luwaga
Since Brian Luwaga joined Uganda Radio Network in 2011, he is still amazed how, "URN is a place that gives journalists a chance to enhance their skills . It gives a journalist an opportunity to adopt and master various aspects of journalism that include radio broadcast, social media, photography and television production."

A practicing journalist since 2009, first with Star FM, Luwaga has always been keen to write about the concerns of the "common person." Based for much of his career in Luweero, Luwaga takes it as a compliment if politicians complain that his reporting is too harsh.

In his journalism, Luwaga likes to merge the past with the present. He believes you cannot understand what is happening now, if you do not have a grounding in the past. Brian Luwaga is the Luweero URN bureau chief. Nakasongola, Nakaseke, Mityana, Mubende and Wakiso districts fall under his docket.

Luwaga is interested in humanitarian work and is a keen Rotarian.