District Roots for Compulsory Road Maintenance by Residents

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In short
The proposed by-law which is spearheaded by Hajji Muhammad Kateregga, the Bukomansimbi district local council chairperson, will compel residents to carry out routine maintenance of all community roads in their respective localities for purposes of extending their lifespan.

Bukomansimbi district local government leaders are rooting for a by-law that will require all residents living next to community roads to ensure they are properly maintained.

 
The proposed by-law which is spearheaded by Hajji Muhammad Kateregga, the Bukomansimbi district local council chairperson, will compel residents to carry out routine maintenance of all community roads in their respective localities for purposes of extending their lifespan.
 
Kateregga made the revelation while launching works on the 17-kilometre community road that runs through Kasota, Butayunja, Kiryamenvu and Kagologolo villages in Kibinge Sub County, which is to be ungraded to first-class marrum.
 
The district has for the last nine years failed to work upon this swampy road until when they secured 79 million shillings from the central government through the Uganda Road Fund.
 
 According to Kateregga, many of the roads in the area have often short-lived their prospects and become impassible because of lack of basic maintenance which can voluntarily be done through community work.
 
He says they will compel all residents living and cultivating along the roads to clear all bushes around them and clean all trenches to avoid rainwater runoffs that destroy road surfaces.
 
Kateregga explains that the district cannot afford routine maintenance of all its roads, which has prompted them to look for the available alternatives through which they can attend to the problem.
 
He adds that communities have often exerted pressure unto the leaders over poor roads, arguing that it's high time they aroused the residents to as well perform their civil responsibilities.
 
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Muhammda Matovu, the district works Secretary, says the proposed by-law is an innovation towards reawakening the public to ressume their responsibility towards social services delivery.
 
He is highly optimistic that the district council will unanimously pass the by-law and will accordingly be customised by the lower local government units in the district.
 
 According to Matovu, as leaders they have been trying the humble ways of mobilising residents to do community work but their slow response has necessitated taking a punitive approach.
 
Viola Navugga, one of the residents who attended the launch has, however, challenged the district leadership to ensure timely delivery of other social services which she says will encourage the residents to also perform responsibilities required of them.
 
Bukomansimbi has a total of 337 kilometres of roads that are supposed to be directly worked upon by the district, which however, operates with a budget of 220 million shillings for a financial year.