Minister Namuyangu Grills Luweero Officials Over Poor Roads

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Pascal Imarachi the LC 3 Chairperson of Zirobwe sub county says that impassable roads have affected transportation of agriculture produce plunging people into abject poverty.

The State Minister for Local government Jennifer Namuyangu has tasked the Luweero district authorities to explain the state of bad roads in the district despite getting a donation of road equipment.

In 2017, the government donated Japanese made road equipment to districts across the country for routine maintenance of roads under their jurisdiction. The consignment cost 509 billion Shillings.

Namuyangu said on Wednesday that every district got a grader, a wheel loader, compactor, dump truck and water bowsers to establish a road unit. She says the intention was to ensure that the district can improve their roads and also reduce on costs.

The State Minister also revealed that the budget for road works was also increased although she was surprised to find Luweero district still stuck with impassable works. She ordered the district engineer Robert Kalenzi to explain why they have failed to work on roads.

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The Minister's comments were backed by residents who complained over shoddy works and impassable roads. They cited Zirobwe-Katabona and Nampunge -Bukasa-Ndebo roads which were recently done but no graveling was done.

James Musoke, a resident of Zirobwe town says that because of huge potholes,many vehicles have broken down and this is causing an increase in cost of transport.

Pascal Imarachi, the LC 3 Chairperson of Zirobwe sub county says that the impassable roads have affected transportation of agriculture produce plunging people into abject poverty.

The Luweero District Engineer Kalenzi explained that UGX40-50 million shillings is needed to work on one kilometer, but Uganda Road Fund releases only 3UGX00 million shillings to cover all sub county road works.

Kalenzi says that inadequate funding has forced the district to carryout road work in phases and this year they resolved to do only grading and shaping whereas graveling will be done in the next financial year.

He added that although the district got road equipment, the biggest challenge is still lack of funds to buy murram needed for road works. Murram is used for covering road surfaces in order to make roads passable during rainy season especially in rural areas.

Ronald Ndawula, the LC 5 Chairman of Luweero district explains that the district needs volumes of murram on quarterly basis to maintain roads because they are also destroyed by rains.
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Luweero district's total road network is 413 .1 kilometres which is supposed to be maintained both routinely and periodically. The district expects to get 1.9 billion shillings from the government for road works and administrative costs.

The Uganda Road Report for financial year 2016/17 also faulted Luweero district for grading roads without compaction, offshoots and sides of roads were overgrown with grass.


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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.