By Spy Uganda
The Minister for Lands, Housing and Urban Development Judith Nalule Nabakooba has been thrilled by the civil works status so far under the USMID program. She says as a new comer in the program, Mubende is doing great.
”I was here on 6th October 2021, to flag off civil works for the rehabilitation of Lubanga Road (0.996km); Second Link Road (0.8km); and Kasana-Kabalega Road (0.85km). I have been passing through on my way from Mityana and I have seen the works going on albeit with some challenges, which my team continuously highlights,” Nabakooba noted.
She revealed these during the ground breaking ceremony for USMID-AF Batch 2 Projects in Mubende Municipality where she noted that the works are in three lots. The first lot being works on Kyaterekera – Katwe road (0.99kms), Church Road (0.482kms), Rwabushagara Road (0.518kms), Daudi Chwa Road (0.482kms) (including 3 Links of Mutagwanya (0.116kms), Bwiire Road (0.132kms), Habiib Road (0.151kms and Ndahura Road (0.4kms) by one contractor who shall construct the roads, clear drainage and provide street lighting among many other road furniture as contracted.
The second Lot is civil works on; Police Link Road (0.44km), Tennis Court Road (1.007km), Kibaati Road 0.225km, New Bus Park Loop (0.23km), and Nelson Mandela Road (0.528), also another contractor, entailing road construction, drainage works and street lighting. The third Lot is Construction of Mubende Taxi Park, and Beautification of Mayor’s Gardens, by another contractor.
”Your Worship the Mayor, managing three different contractors in the very short period of time remaining towards the closure of USMID may not come very easy. I want to therefore implore the Town Clerk and his contract management team, to ensure this work is done diligently. I want also to caution the three contractors that I am personally watching,” said Nabakooba adding, ”We are all aware that December 2023 the program shall be closing, and there shall be no extension whatsoever. This means we have to ensure we work within the remaining period, finish in time and also have the defects liability period within the same period.”
The Hon Minister however raised and tasked leaders on some issues among them including clearance of roads and giving right ways to the projects, operation and maintenance of the completed works and general cleanliness in the Municipality.
”The issue of lawlessness noted on the streets of Mubende Municipality, stealing some road furniture. This is not acceptable in the Uganda of today and I would implore that you work with the peoples’ elected local leaders, and the security agencies to curb such thefts,” said Nabakooba adding, ”Bring the community on board, and ensure they own these projects instead of leaving them to the funders and the central Government. Let us be a keeper of our good roads, own them and protect them. The successful outcome of the USMID Programme in your Municipality is dependent on concerted efforts by all the relevant stakeholders.”
Nabakooba also urged leaders to utilize the Municipal Development Forum, the local Government councils and Councillors to monitor the projects.
”Ensuring that all projects goes well is your work because the people who elected you are looking at you, to deliver these services. This is President Museveni’s manifesto that we must supervise, offer oversight and guidance and ensure it is achieved. The MDFs are the liaison between the Municipality and the communities and their role should not be under-estimated,” added Nabakooba.
Pictorial Of Nabakooba In Mubende