President Yoweri Museveni has today performed the ground breaking ceremony for the construction of Kamwenge to Fort-Portal Road with a call to the people of the area to stop the bad practice of land fragmentation.
“You should not disable land by using the old cultural practice of inheritance. That creates bad human settlement, ” he said.
The ceremony took place at Bigodi Trading Centre in Kibaale County, Kamwenge district in Tooro Sub-Region.
Addressing a rally at Bigodi Primary School playgrounds, President Museveni called on the people of the area to use intensive modern farming practices since land has been severely fragmented.
Commenting on the road infrastructural development, President Museveni said the government has utilized its own funds for bituminizing most of the roads, citing those he has been commissioning in the North, East and West of the country.
The 66-km Kamwenge to Fort-Portal Road is being constructed by China Railway Seventh Engineering Group and co-funded by the Government of Uganda and the International Development Agency Shs.120 billion. The route forms part of the National Road Network that links Nyakahita – Kazo – Ibanda – Kamwenge and Fort Portal.
The road connects Western Uganda to the Northern Corridor as well as to the Democratic Republic of Congo via Fort Portal to Bundibugyo on to Lamia road.
Minister of State for Works and Transport, Hon. John Byabagambi, pledged to ensure that the work on the road is completed on time and to a good standard.
He, however, called on the people of the area to use the road once completed to eradicate poverty. He also called on them not to vandalize road signs that are meant for the safety of all road users.
The Kamwenge- Fort Portal road traverses through an imperative tourism and environmentally sensitive areas that include several crater lakes, Kibaale National Park and Kibaale Forest Reserve.