CABINET: Mbabazi Warns on Kanungu Road


order geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 150%;”>Sources who attended the cabinet session on Wednesday at Entebbe State House said Mbabazi warned he will not look on idly as government fails to do something about the nearly impassable Rukungiri-Kihihi-Ishasha-Kanungu.

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“Honourable colleagues I hope we have included the Rukungiri-Kanungu road song which we have sang for long but without any action. The absence of Kanungu road item in the budget tomorrow shall leave me with no option but to either act funny or we start a fresh,” warned Mbabazi.

The session chaired by President Museveni who had just returned from an extra-ordinary summit of Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) had dedicated the whole day to finalize the budget preparations.

Kiwanuka is expected to roll out the national budget for the financial year 2014/15 on Thursday at Kampala Serena Hotel.

Mbabazi’s remarks did not please some cabinet members since the construction of the road had already been approved by the president and the funding secured.

Chimpreports has seen President Museveni’s letter dated May 26 addressed to both ministers of Finance and Works, Maria Kiwanuka and Abraham Byandala indicating that a grant secured from African Development Bank shall be used on Rukungiri-Kihihi-Ishasha/Kanungu and Bubombobi-Lwahakha road.

“In line with our strategy to enhance infrastructure development, Government to secure external financing from African Development Bank to upgrade to bitumen standard the Rukungiri-Kihihi-Ishaka/Kanungu road (78.5km) and Bubomboli-Lwahakha road (44.5km),” said Museveni.

“These two roads are very critical for supporting cross-border trade with neighbouring countries as well as tourism potential.

I am therefore, directing you to fast-track the approval process both in Parliament and ADB as well as the procurement of the contractor to ensure that the project is executed next financial year 2014/15.”


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