Inadequate funds and unfair distribution of resources have affected the implementation of major projects in Wakiso district including the Nsangi-Buloba road, leaders have said.
Local leaders said the Nsangi-Buloba road has been closed to heavy trucks given its fragility. The road which connects the Kampala-Masaka highway to Kampala-Mityana highway will not be completed soon before due to financial constraints.
According to the district leaders,the 4.5km road had 16 visible cracks cutting through the road and may cave in at anytime causing great danger to the users hence prompting immediate action of upgrading it.
Leaders explained that the 10m wide road has been reduced by a meter on either sides due to the increasing water swamp which makes movement difficult to the motorists most especially heavy traffic.
While inspecting the progress of the project, the chairperson of Wakiso, Matia Lwanga Bwanika asked the government to allocate more financial resources to the district so that such major projects are able to be worked upon accordingly.
“Government should come up to realise how strategic and important Wakiso district is,” Lwanga said.
Lwanga said Nsangi-Buloba road is one of the vital projects in the district because it connects to all the neighbouring areas without passing through Kampala to congest the city.
Lwanga slammed the locals for increasingly encroaching on wetlands which have not only made the construction work of the road difficult but also destroyed the nature.
He said the road is impassable during raining season urging government to intervene so that a lasting solution can be provided.
“We decided to find a solution but the challenge is the money we have committed to this work is more than a half of the money we get for the full district in the financial year,” he noted.
Lillian Namutebi, one of the district engineers, said since the district doesn’t have enough funds to handle the project at once, they decided to work on only one box culvert at a cost of Shs 370m.
“We appeal to other finance organisations to give us money so that we are in position to fully complete the project,”she said.