Work Finally Starts on Four Roads In Masaka Municipality

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In short
The road projects are Buddu Street, Edward Avenue, Jasserby Street, and Kabula Street. The roads were part of the first phase of the Uganda Support for Municipality Infrastructural Development USMID project with funding from the World Bank. In the first phase, only Yellow Knife Road was constructed.

Masaka Municipality has finally commenced rehabilitation of four major roads amid concerns from the members of the public.

The road projects are Buddu Street, Edward Avenue, Jasserby Street, and Kabula Street. The roads were part of the first phase of the Uganda Support for Municipality Infrastructural Development (USMID) project with funding from the World Bank. In the first phase, only Yellow Knife Road was constructed.

Initially, Longjian Road and Bridge Company Limited, a Chinese firm had won  the tender to construct these roads at a cost of 30 billion Shillings but it dropped out after completing Yellow Knife Road. Longjian Road and Bridge Company Limited noted that the cost of the project had been undervalued.
 
It therefore requested for an additional 2.5 billion Shillings for the project but Masaka Municipality declined to provide more funding. As result the Chinese company terminated the contract and left.
 
For the last one year, these road projects had stalled as the municipality sourced for new contractors. It finally awarded the contract to TRAMINCO Uganda Limited to undertake the construction.
  
Godfrey Kayemba, the Masaka Mayor says the construction delayed due to procurement bureaucracies. He says although World Bank had released the funds, it was stuck in the Ministry of Finance.
  
Kayemba says he hopes the contractors will do their work according to the signed agreement. He says they will closely supervise the contractors to ensure no shoddy work is done.
  
Both the Town Clerk Innocent Ahimbisibwe and municipal Engineer Augustus Turibarungi have declined to comment on the matter.
  
Daniel Mulondo, a resident of Masaka has asked the Ministry of Transport to always release funds on time.
  
He says the delayed release of funds has frustrated the implementation of major projects.
  
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George Mutabaazi, the President of Uganda Local Government Association - ULGA says bureaucracy in government is one of the biggest factors affecting implementation of projects in Local Governments.
  
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The four road projects are expected to be completed in one year.

 

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Edward Bindhe
Bindhe prides himself on being a part of the society he writes about. He believes there is no way a journalist can understand his society unless it considers him a part of it. This is why he is dedicated to investigating the challenges of the "little person."

Bindhe says, "My work reflects the Uganda Radio Network unique approach to news." Not many Ugandan journalists would consider or even notice the re-emergence of Water Hyacinth on a lake. Bindhe does.

Truant children will attract Bindhe's attention until he gets to the bottom of their truancy: poverty and the need to work to earn bread for their families. These are the kinds of stories Bindhe is often after.

Edward Bindhe is the Masaka URN bureau chief. Rakai, Lwengo, Lyantonde, Kalangala, Mpigi, Kalungu, Bukomansimbi and Sembabule districts fall under his docket. He has been a URN staff member since 2009.

A Mass Communication graduate from Uganda Christian University, Bindhe started practising journalism in 2008 as a reporter for Radio Buddu in Masaka district.