Works Ministry Needs UGX 90b To Fix Roads Damaged by Floods

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Works Minister Abraham Byandaala told Uganda Radio Network on Tuesday that the ministry dispatched a team of engineers who assessed the damage and found out that the ministry needs more than 90 billion shillings.

The rehabilitation of roads that were washed away by the floods last year has been hit by shortage of funds from the ministry of works and transport.

Works Minister Abraham Byandaala told Uganda Radio Network on Tuesday that the ministry dispatched a team of engineers who assessed the damage and found out that the ministry needs more than 90 billion shillings.
 
The minister, however, added that the work can’t be done as soon as possible due to lack of funds.

Engineer Byandaala says that some of roads need complete reconstruction and are spread in all parts of the country.

Minister Byandaala notes that the ministry has no option but to petition parliament through the ministry of finance for supplementary budget.

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Transporting crop produce and people in the areas of Karamoja, Western, Eastern and Central Eastern Uganda is difficult and small vehicles can’t access some areas in the regions.

The Lwampanga Sub County chairman in Nakasongola district, George William Lubega, says that government’s failure to fix the roads in time has led to increment in transport fares. He explains that transport from Lwampanga to Kampala which was initially 10,000 has now jumped to 15000 shillings.

Taxi fares from Moroto to Soroti have jumped from 17000 to 30,000 shillings whereas Moroto-Kampala fares increased from 50,000 to 70,000 shillings among others.

According to Vincent Nsubuga Musoke, a principal statistician at Uganda Bureau of Statistics, the poor road network has been one of the main drivers of headline inflation now standing at 27% and has also contributed to rising food prices because goods could not be transported to the markets.

 

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Brian Luwaga
Since Brian Luwaga joined Uganda Radio Network in 2011, he is still amazed how, "URN is a place that gives journalists a chance to enhance their skills . It gives a journalist an opportunity to adopt and master various aspects of journalism that include radio broadcast, social media, photography and television production."

A practicing journalist since 2009, first with Star FM, Luwaga has always been keen to write about the concerns of the "common person." Based for much of his career in Luweero, Luwaga takes it as a compliment if politicians complain that his reporting is too harsh.

In his journalism, Luwaga likes to merge the past with the present. He believes you cannot understand what is happening now, if you do not have a grounding in the past. Brian Luwaga is the Luweero URN bureau chief. Nakasongola, Nakaseke, Mityana, Mubende and Wakiso districts fall under his docket.

Luwaga is interested in humanitarian work and is a keen Rotarian.