MPs Demand Kampala-Masaka Road Design Review

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In a motion to pay tribute to the Miss Tourism Ambassadors who died last week, Nambooze stated that government has remained obstinate despite concerns raised earlier over the poor quality of the road. As a result, the road has become a death trap for road users, she adds.

Members of Parliament are demanding for a probe into the road designs, procurement and construction of the Kampala-Masaka highway.

Mukono Municipality MP Betty Nambooze led the demand following an accident at Nsimbe, Mpigi last week that claimed the lives of Miss Tourism Finalists Norah Atim and Barbara Nakiwolo, and Resty Namawejje, an employee of NTV-Uganda.

The accident happened barely three days after another three people died and over 30 others sustained injuries in another accident at Katende-Mpigi, along the same road.

In a motion to pay tribute to the Miss Tourism Ambassadors who died last week, Nambooze stated that government has remained obstinate despite concerns raised earlier over the poor quality of the road. As a result, the road has become a death trap for road users, she adds.
 
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The motion was supported by several legislators who castigated the Uganda National Roads Authority for constructing a road with slippery tarmac.

Butambala County MP Mohammed Muwanga Kivumbi called for a design review saying that the 130-kilometre stretch remains narrow although the initial plan and design was to expand it from 6.5 meters to 11 and construct a four lane carriage.

The expansion was envisaged to allow for the construction of climbing lanes for heavy trucks in black spots, removing sharp bends that were a major cause of road accidents, as well as space for pedestrians and cyclists.

Central Uganda Youth MP Patrick Nakabaale says being an important route to Rwanda and Burundi, it is imperative that efforts are made to expand the road.

Kampala-Masaka Road has some of the highest traffic in the country with 20,908 vehicles using the road daily, according to UNRA. It however has the second-highest cases of accidents in the country after the Kampala-Jinja Road.

Mawokota South MP Kiyingi Bbosa says the highway leads to several tourism destinations in the western part of the country. He expresses worry that the high rate of accidents may deter tourists from visiting these sites.
 
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 Rubaga South MP Ken Lukyamuzi is concerned that the road does not have road signs and speed bumpers to curb over speeding.

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Parliament unanimously adopted the motion.
 

 

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Olive Eyotaru
Olive Eyotaru is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Eyotaru has been a URN staff member since February 2015.

Eyotaru started practising journalism while still studying at Uganda Christian University. She was a reporter with Ultimate Media Consult Ltd between 2005 and 2007.

In 2009, Eyotaru joined Monitor Publications Limited, under KFM Radio as a parliamentary and business reporter. Consequently, Eyotaru started writing for the Daily Monitor newspaper until January 2015, when she moved to URN.

She is interested in reporting about politics, health, human rights, business and sports.

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