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Over Shs. 9 billion released to fill Kampala’s potholes

The government of Uganda has released Shs. 9 billion to address the issue of potholes on major roads in the country’s capital, Kampala.

While speaking to the Press at the Uganda Media Center on Wednesday, the Minister for Kampala Capital City (KCCA) Betty Amongi said that the funds will help in undertaking remedial and interim measures to make roads in Kampala more motorable, while the public awaits more major interventions.

“Shs. 9 billion has been availed this fourth quarter (April – June 2021) to undertake emergency road repairs at key points and sections of roads over the next two weeks. I am certain that you are already witnessing these road worms across all the five divisions of Kampala,” Amongi said.

Minister Amongi said that besides working on the roads, government, through the Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA), has come up with a plan that would go beyond just repairing, to improving all the city streets through a number of projects aimed at revamping the existing network and increasing the number of Kilo Meters of tarmac roads in the City.

“We have many projects such as that funded by the African Development Bank in which 69 Km of roads are to be constructed with walkways, cycling lanes, drainage and street lighting,” Amongi said.

Amongi added that additional funding is being sourced from The French Development Agency fund for sheet lighting in which the government intends to deploy 20,000 Street lights across the city.

Amongi said that President Museveni has already directed them to prepare a comprehensive plan for revamping the city infrastructure through a long term financing model and a cabinet memo is being prepared for presentation and adoption by cabinet.

In their plan according to Amongi, government seeks to address the overall infrastructure of the country, which will also address drainage and flooding problems in Kampala, traffic congestion, roads rehabilitation among others.

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