Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) has started rehabilitating works along Kyapa-Kasensero roads to enable road users to resume business operations.
The road was cut off by high-speed running water that has since submerged several swampy sections, hence paralyzing transport of goods including big stocks of fish from Kasensero to the other destinations within and beyond Kyotera district.
“Our team is working all day to ensure road users resume business operations especially transportation of fish from Kasensero landing site to the different markets,” Mr Mark Ssali, the head of public and corporate affairs at UNRA said on Monday.
The 30 kilometres road which connects Kasensero Town Council and the landing site from Kakuuto trading centre in Kyotera district has since August last year been in a sorry state following the seasonal rains that rendered it almost impassable.
UNRA Executive Director Allen Kagina and a team of works engineers last month inspected the road and directed spot repairs to enable free movement of goods and people.
This website has learnt that the African Development Bank (AfDB) will fund the rehabilitation and expansion project of Masaka-Kyotera-Mutukula road, under the New Partnership for Africa’s Development programme of the African Union.
“The total roadway shall be 11m wide except for Kyotera Town where the road will include a parking lane of 3 meters,” Mr Ssali told reporters recently.
Mr Ssali revealed that the new road designs are expected to be ready by March and thereafter construction works will commence.
“This project is part of Mutukula-Kyaka/Kasulo-Kamunazi and Bugene-Kasulo road on the Tanzanian side, which serves as an alternative route to the coast for Uganda through the Dar es Salaam port,” he added.
AfDB’s mission is to help reduce poverty, improve living conditions for Africans and mobilize resources for the continent’s economic and social development.
This development comes after the outcry from the residents that they were failing to transport their goods due to the bad roads.
All this comes after several discussions about this Road in Parliament last week, where it was agreed that something was to be done about the highway. It is with great thanks, therefore, to see UNRA on the ground.