World Bank: Masaka Municipality Qualifies for US$12M Road Project

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Augustine Turibarungi, the Principal engineer Masaka Municipality identifies the roads earmarked for construction as Jesserby road, Yellow Knife, Buddu Street, Edward Avenue, Kabula Street and Ssese Street.

World Bank has cleared Masaka Municipality to receive 12 million US dollars for the construction of five major roads in the municipality. A team of World Bank officials led by Ahmadou Moustapha Ndiaye, the country representative has been assesing the capacity of Masaka municipality to handle the money.
 
Ndiaye says they cleared Masaka Municipality after it fulfilled basic requirements for the funds. He says their assessment included finding out whether Masaka Municipality has got the right level of staffing, ascertaining the local revenue base, compensation packages for the people affected by the project among other basic minimum conditions.

Ndiaye says Masaka Municipality scored 70% in the assessment, making it the best performing of the 14 municipalities earmarked to benefit from the funds. He says they are now consulting the residents who have buildings on the road sides on their compensation.

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Augustine Turibarungi, the Principal engineer Masaka Municipality identifies the roads earmarked for construction as Jesserby road, Yellow Knife, Buddu Street, Edward Avenue, Kabula Street and Ssese Street. Pauline Nabadda, the Masaka Municipality environment officer says they have identified a number of people who will be compensated.

She however, says those who constructed on the road reserve will not receive any compensation. Godfrey Kayemba, the Mayor Masaka municipality is excited that they have received green light to start the project. He has however raised concerns over Procurement delays.
 
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Rose Mary Namubiru, a resident of Soweto Zone in Katwe-Butego division has hailed World Bank for the money. She asks the Municipality to expedite the road works saying the affected roads have become impassible. Namubiru claims that with the onset of the heavy rains, she can hardly drive through Buddu Street because of potholes and mud.
 
 
 

 

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A Mass Communication graduate from Uganda Christian University, Bindhe started practising journalism in 2008 as a reporter for Radio Buddu in Masaka district.