By Frank Kamuntu
Kampala: H.E President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has today Tuesday, 8th Dec, 2020 commissioned Kashenyi-Mitooma (11.52km) and Kitabi Seminary Access (0.8km) roads.
The road was constructed by the Chongqing International Construction Corporation (CICO) linking Kashenyi to Mitooma district headquaters. The total contract amount, UNRA says, has been sh49.199bn which was paid by the Government of Uganda.
UNRA adds that works on the project commenced on January 31, 2017 and was substantially completed on 16 January 2019 while Defects Liability Period ended in January 2020 after which a completion certificate was issued.
According to economists, the road will boost trade since the area is a major tea producer in the country with Bushenyi District alone hosting four tea processing factories including Global quality tea factory, Igara grower’s tea factory, Butare Igara tea factory and Kyamuhunga tea factory.
We have since learnt that in a bid to boost agriculture, the Government has undertaken feasibility studies and designed small-scale irrigation systems of 5–20 ha each using government funding in the Districts of Kiruhura, Isingiro, Ntungamo, Bushenyi, Sheema, Mbarara, Rubirizi and Buhweju.