Funds Shortage Delays Road Construction Works

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Dan Alinange, Uganda National Roads Authority—UNRA spokesperson said on Tuesday that a total of 2,000 kilometers of roads in the country have been designed but the construction work cannot commence due to lack of funds. Alinange says each of the 2,000kms will cost approximately one million dollars.

Government has failed to fund the construction of seven major roads in the country due to lack of funds.

Some of the roads are to be upgraded to tarmac while others had been planned for first class.

The affected roads include Masindi Port to Kitgum via Apac, Lira and Pader districts; Sironko to Moroto; Moroto to Nakapiripirit and Orio-Gulu to Kitgum. Others include Gulu to Atiak, Gulu to Kitgum and Mukono to Katosi among others.

Dan Alinange, Uganda National Roads Authority—UNRA spokesperson said on Tuesday that a total of 2,000 kilometers of roads in the country have been designed but the construction work cannot commence due to lack of funds. Alinange says each of the 2,000kms will cost approximately one million dollars.

But the ministry of finance has not released the money. During the 2011 presidential campaigns, President Yoweri Museveni said while campaigning in Akokoro Sub County, Apac district, that the government was ready to fund the construction of the roads.

According to Alinange the government may allocate funds to construct part of the already designed roads in the 2012/2013 financial year. He says the contractors to work on Moroto-Nakapiripirit road are ready but they cannot start the work until government allocates funding.

Currently the work on Fort Portal –Bundibugyo – Lamia road measuring 98kms, bridge construction, Box Culverts and Ferry Landing Sites along Atiak-Moyo-Afoji Road, and Kazo-Kamwenge Road among others, is ongoing and is due to be completed in later this year.