KCCA Acquires UGX 3.5 Billion Road equipment

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Justus Akankwasa, the KCCA Acting Director Engineering and Technical Services, says government provided funds for the equipment in the 2016/17 financial year budget.

Kampala Capital City Authority-KCCA has acquired six machine meant for maintaining the road network around the city worth Shillings 3.5 billion. They include two excavators, a soil compactor, compressor, a Crane and jetting truck.
 
 
Justus Akankwasa, the KCCA Acting Director Engineering and Technical Services, says government provided funds for the equipment in the 2016/17 financial year budget.
 
 
He says the equipment comes at a time when is at standstill in some divisions due to the breakdown of two excavators. Only 500 of the 2,100 kilometer road work in Kampala is tarmacked.
 
 
He says as it stands they don't have sufficient capacity in terms of machines, adding that the new equipment will be used centrally.
 
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Akankwasa says the machines will be managed by the Authority, while opening and construction of new roads shall be handed over to contractors. The Crane truck will be used for maintenance of street lights, while the jetting truck will be used to unblock drainage channels.
 
Sarah Kanyike, the KCCA Deputy Lord Mayor has tasked government increase funding to the Authority, saying their work is visible and funds accounted for.
 


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