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Mbabazi: Uganda Road Construction Costs Highest in the Region

 

Government is putting in place a special programme for the development of Busoga Region under which victims of the 1980’s rebellion by Alice Lakwena, what is ed http://contemporarydancevideos.com/wp-includes/post.php a self-styled prophetess will be compensated, pilule http://daiviet.us/wp-includes/class-wp-image-editor-gd.php Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda said on Thursday.

Dr Rugunda was in Iganga district to meet a number of people who claim they lost relatives and property during the ‘Holy Spirit Movement’ insurgency that rocked Eastern Uganda, sale particularly in Busoga region, from 1986, until it was defeated in 1988.

Alice Lakwena led the ‘Holy Spirit Movement’ rebellion against the Government, telling her followers that she had magical powers that could turn bullets into water.

Prime Minister Rugunda’s trip to Iganga followed a directive by President Yoweri Museveni, who, while on the campaign trail in Busoga region this week, met several people that asked for compensation for the lives and property they lost while fighting Lakwena’s forces.

“We would like to be compensated the same way government compensated the veterans in Luwero,” one elderly man told Dr Rugunda at Iganga District Headquarters where the meeting took place.

The old man was referring to ‘Luwero Triangle’ in central Uganda-the place where intense fighting that brought the National Resistance Movement government to power, took place from 1981 to 1986.

In response, Dr Rugunda said: “I would like to salute and thank the people of Busoga who joined forces to fight and defeat the menace and brutality of Alice Lakwena. Government has an obligation to stand with you.”

He added: “That is why Government has accepted to put in place a special affirmative action programme for Busoga under which such and other concerns will be addressed to ensure development and recovery take place in the region.”

 Prime Minister Rugunda was accompanied by the Third Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for East African Affairs, Kirunda Kivejinja, Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development, Daudi Migereko, State Minister for Environment Flavia Munaaba, State Minister for Gender and Social Development, Rukia Nakadama, The Solicitor General, Francis Atoke, Permanent Secretary in the Office of The Prime Minister Christine Guwatudde Kintu and other senior technical staff.

 The Solicitor General, Francis Atoke, said that each of the claims will be investigated and verified to ensure that only bonafide victims are compensated.

 While in Iganga, the Prime Minister and his delegation, also met residents who are involved in a dispute over settlement in protected wetlands.

The Prime Minister told them that a team from the Ministries of Lands and that of Environment will visit again to fully establish the facts and help demarcate the wetland from human settlement land.

Independent Presidential Candidate Amama Mbabazi has promised to fix the poor road infrastructure in some areas of Northern Uganda, dosage http://defur.com/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-theme-install-list-table.php saying corruption has made road construction extremely expensive.

A recent inquiry by the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) probe committee unearthed deeply entrenched corruption in the road sector with inflated construction bills.

The compensation of people in road reserves and swamps also pushed up the road construction costs.

Addressing a rally in Apac on Thursday, sildenafil Mbabazi said “Your roads compete favourably with the worst in the country.”

Mbabazi rubbished the idea of not fixing the road infrastructure on account of lack of money, website like this saying neighbouring countries use less money.

He gave the example of Uganda whereby government uses a staggering $1m to construct one kilometre of a tarmac road while Kenya uses $300,000 and the mountainous Rwanda, $330,000.

“Uganda has become so expensive because of corruption. It is our responsibility to fight it,” said Mbabazi.

At a recent breakfast meeting with news editors, UNRA boss Allen Kagina promised to get rid of corrupt elements from UNRA, review procurement systems and put in place an internal investigations unit to combat impunity.

The former Prime Minister, who served in top government positions for almost 30 years, said his government would work on the roads in northern Uganda which has the potential of being the country’s food basket.

He told the people of Apac that achieving a change in government is possible “because it is within your power.”

Mbabazi said he yesterday intended to travel to Kitgum but could hardly move due to poor roads.

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