The Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Thomas Tayebwa, has directed the Ministry of Works and Transport to provide a comprehensive report on the state of Uganda’s national road networks within 14 days. This directive aims to facilitate parliamentary debate and necessary approvals for addressing existing gaps in road infrastructure.
Several Members of Parliament expressed concerns during a plenary session regarding government’s perceived lack of commitment and procurement delays affecting road infrastructure projects, hindering the implementation of national strategic plans.
Tayebwa highlighted the frequent appeals from legislators seeking parliamentary discussion on road infrastructure issues in their constituencies, emphasizing the need for immediate interventions.
Esther Afoyochan, Zombo District Woman Representative, lamented the stalled progress on projects like the Goli – Paidha – Zombo – Warr – Vurra Road and Arua Lia Road, which were scheduled for upgrading in 2018 under NDP III.
Despite the completion of feasibility studies and detailed planning, works on these roads have not commenced. The Goli – Paidha – Zombo – Warr – Vurra Road, with an estimated cost of over 3.8 billion Shillings, aims to enhance agricultural productivity and connect Uganda to the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Lawrence Biyika Songa, Ora County legislator, urged the government to expedite loan opportunities to finance road development projects, citing their significant economic returns.
Fred Byamukama, Bugangaizi West MP and State Minister for Works and Transport, acknowledged funding challenges but assured that efforts to secure financing are underway.
Lawmakers voiced concerns over the economic losses incurred due to poor road networks, urging for swift action. Erute County South MP, Jonathan Odur, called for a comprehensive report on national roads to guide parliamentary deliberations.
Uganda’s road network comprises national, district, urban, and community access roads, serving critical functions in transportation and connectivity. The country aims to increase its paved road density to achieve developmental targets outlined in Vision 2040.