- The projects which covers 14 municipalities, is being implemented under the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development and is funded by the World Bank
- The Entebbe Kitoro taxi park which accommodates 50 taxis with 164 lock- ups is about to be commissioned complete with lifts
By Observer Reporter
Fort Portal- It is a market day at Kabundaire on Wednesday in the all-weather, beautiful town of Fort Portal, Kabarole district and business is booming following the construction of the Nyakana and Rukidi roads under the Uganda Support to Municipality Infrastructure Development (USMID) project.
The increased economic activities have further been facilitated by the installation of solar powered street lights which the traders and residents say enable them to trade during day and night hours.
The residents and traders are excited because of the benefits of increased trade and income because of the good accessible and lit streets/roads.
Ms Alice Komuntaro the Senior Community Development Officer who is also the USMID coordinator in Fort Portal municipality, said: “We had a good market at Kabundaire which was not occupied because of the sorry state of the roads. But now you can see the market is full because of the USMID support to improve our roads and also provision of street lights.”
Because of the USMID/World Bank infrastructure development interventions and support, according to the Town Clerk, Mr Ndimo Deo Ndimurwango, government has approved Fort Portal municipality to be elevated to tourism city status. Other areas that have benefited from the project include, the Kabundaire Lorry park and building for lock-ups.
Some of the Municipalities that now have good roads are vying to become Cities which will eventually decongest Kampala.
In Masaka Municipality, Buddu street a hitherto, dilapidated ghost narrow road has been given a facelift and has now been transformed into one of the best roads. Other roads which have been constructed under the project include, Yellow knife Street (0.1359), Jethabai (0.320km) and drainage construction along Kabula and Ssese streets (1.459km) and Alex Ssebbowa road is still under construction, according to the Town Clerk, Mr Paul Omoku.
The Municipal Physical Development Plan was updated and the municipality benefited from procurement and supply of office furniture, computers, filing cabinets and modern surveying equipment.
The traders in Masaka especially shop owners said they were registering increased economic activity as a direct result of the improved infrastructure. Mr Joseph Mukasa a shop owner along Buddu street said his business has grown because of the tarmacked road.
“We are receiving more customers now that we have new roads, we good walk ways. My business has grown seen my daily income has more than doubled for the last two years.”
Mbarara Municipal Council has not been left behind either and USMID project has been implemented in two stages. In the first stage, four roads were constructed and these included Akiiki Nyabongo road, Mcallister & Constantino Lobo roads and Bulemba roads covering some 3.494kilometers.
Other works which were done on the roads included surface dressing with asphalt concrete, drainage, walk ways, parking lane, solar street lights, trash cans and side greening. The second stage covered five roads and these were Bucunku road, Mbaguta road, Bishop Wills road, Bishop Wills Extension and Makhan Singh street with a total 2.577kilometers.
The Municipal staff have also benefited from the Municipal Capacity building grant which has enabled career development through training, retooling and equipping workstations. At least 26 laptop, eight desktops computers, three printers, leveling staves, map printer were supplied among other specialized equipment.
The Human Resource Manager, Ms Jackline Masabu, said through the capacity building, the program has helped municipal employees acquire new skills.
“You can see our offices are well equipped and furnished now and everyone seems to be comfortable at their work stations. With this support we are committed to render better and timely services to the general public.”
Kabale Municipality has also registered tremendous benefits under the USMid project according to the youthful town Mayor, Byabugisha Sentaro. The Municipality roads and a bridge have been constructed and survey equipment provided to ensure Internal capacity to survey lands, to print Maps and generate accurate and Precise Coordinates.
Among the roads built include, Kigongi, Nyerere, Bank Lane, Nkunda and Keyita. Mr Alfred Ahimbisibwe, the project coordinator in Kabale was happy to note that staff are also working and good environment following the refurbishing of the Kabale Council hall and equipping offices with computers and printers.
The 1.6-kilometer Church road in the quiet environs of Entebbe municipality- the gateway to Uganda’s international airport is a beauty to behold.
Built under the USMID world bank funded project, church road is one of eight roads that have been upgraded. The other roads that have been constructed, according to Mr Brian Angura, the project road overseer, include, Mwaula, teams, Nyondo, Serumaga, Lutwama, Fulu and Busudde rise.
Mr Samson Serukuma, the USMID coordinator who is also the agriculture officer Entebbe said all the roads are fitted with street lights, trash bins and walkways. He said that the council hall which accommodates 100 people and is used by the general public to read and. Harry out research has been provided with chairs and a public address system.
Under the USMID project, the municipal council has also established a proper records section with two sections which has led to improved records keeping. “We are really happy with this USMD project it has helped to build the capacity of the staff. And we have also installed a security CCTV system with 32 cameras,” he added.
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