Finance Minister Matia Kasaija has issued a strong warning to civil servants and individual citizens who sabotage government projects through unnecessary delays and selfish interests.
With reference to road projects, malady http://daawah.org/zad/components/com_k2/views/item/view.json.php the Minister said government will no longer tolerate delays in implementation, insignificant administrative reviews and slow or non-absorption of funds.
Kasaija who Tuesday signed an agreement between Uganda and Japan for a USD 20M grant for the improvement of roads in Gulu Municipality said; “We have had enough with project delays and slow absorption of funds. Whenever a road project is delayed, there are significant cost implications.”
“Some of the funds we use to finance these projects are borrowed which means that Uganda continues to lose billions with no value for money,” he went on to state.
The Minister further noted that frustrating infrastructure development will in turn slow down economic growth and deprive Ugandans employment opportunities.
To the ordinary citizens, Kasaija expressed disappointment in individuals who seek to satisfy their selfish interests at the cost of national development.
“The issue of land compensation has been the biggest hindrance to government projects especially roads and power distribution. Some people name abnormal prices for their land and government finds it difficult to compensate them.”
Pointing out the Ugx 1.19 trillion Kampala – Entebbe express way which is still undergoing construction, Kasaija castigated two project affected persons who derailed the land acquisition process due to their ridiculous demands.
He told journalists; “Two people refused a public road to pass through their land simply because one person’s land had a rock and the other had tombs. Ugandans should be grateful when the government brings a project into their area since it creates opportunities.”
During the recently concluded Cabinet retreat in Kigo, President Museveni warned government Ministries and Agencies that fail to fully utilize the funds allocated to them throughout the financial year.