KAMPALA —Minister of State for Health, Hon. Anifa Kawooya accompanied by the Executive Director of the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA), Allen Kagina, and UNRA engineers inspected the road network of Sembabule on Thursday July 21 with the aim of addressing the challenges of the road network in the district.
The team inspected the 110 kilometer Kanoni-Sembabule-Villa Maria road which was upgraded from gravel to paved standard and completed in 2018. The road consists of two sections, the Kanoni-Sembabule section; which starts at Kanoni in Gomba district and stretches through Bukalagi, Bukakunda, Kabulasoke, Maddu, Kasozi to Sembabule town and the Sembabule-Villa Maria section which starts in Sembabule town and extends to through Kakongolo, Butenga, Bukomansimbi town and ends at Katigondo/Villa Maria in Kalungu district.
The same project involved the upgrading of city roads from gravel to tarmac in the towns of Bukomansimbi, Sembabule and Gomba totaling 12.46 kilometers.
The team also inspected the Kyabakuza, Mateete—Kaliro road under UNRA maintenance.
Speaking at the inspection, Hon. Anifa Kawooya commended the Ugandan government and UNRA for the work done in upgrading and maintaining roads in the region, noting that these roads have a positive social and economic impact. However, she noted areas of concern, particularly with regard to the Kyabakuza, Mateete-Kaliro road. “This road is crucial for the transport of people and goods in this region. It does, however, have potholes in various sections that make it impassable. The drainage system is also problematic.
Responding to these concerns, UNRA Executive Director Allen Kagina reiterated Hon. The Minister’s concerns noting that “We are aware of these problems, but we have had to deal with budgetary constraints. However, I am pleased to inform you that we will be here by the end of this month to start road maintenance works.”
Kagina thanked residents for their cooperation and urged them to work with the government to maintain the roads. “Don’t throw garbage down the drain, for example. Let us work together to maintain our roads,” she implored.
During the visit, the UNRA team also inspected the progress of upgrading the roads in Masaka town. During a stopover in Kitovu, Church leaders in Masaka expressed their gratitude to the Ugandan government for road developments in the area.
Speaking on behalf of the Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Masaka in Kitovu, Fr. Deus Luyimbazi expressed his gratitude to the government for creating paved access to Our Lady of Sorrows Cathedral and Kitovu Hospital.
“We thank the Ugandan government and the UNRA team for creating better access to our cathedral, hospital and surrounding areas. This place receives a large number of visitors every day. We are happy that the parishioners , students, patients and visitors across the country now have easier access to these services.” He also commended UNRA for the good relationship they maintained with residents during construction.
Also present was the Most Reverend Henry Katumba Tamale, Bishop of West Buganda in the Church of Uganda. Rt. Reverend Tamale thanked the government for the road works.
”We are grateful that the government has done such a good job. Thank you for Masaka—Bukakata. It is a road that means a lot to the economy of greater Masaka. He also thanked the team for the rehabilitation of Kako Road, which houses St. Paul’s Cathedral of the Church of Uganda.
Roads being rehabilitated in Masaka town area include Nyendo—Kitovu Cathedral—Kitovu HOSPITAL—Nakayiba road 4.68km, Villa road 1.03km (Nyendo stage to Mbarara bypass), Mutesa1 Royal University Road 1.33km, Kako road 1.56 km and Old Kumbu road 1.9 km
When completed, these roads will both improve the social and economic status of the residents of Masaka City by reducing dust in the city, improving productivity and value addition, reducing vehicle operating costs and contributing greatly to the ease of doing business in the city. .