Kagina regrets sexual crimes on road projects

Wednesday June 1 2016

UNRA executive director Allen Kagina inspects a

UNRA executive director Allen Kagina inspects a broken bridge recently. File photo 

By EDISON AMANYIRE & SCOVIA ATUHAIRE

KYENJOJO/KAMWENGE.

The Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) executive director, Ms Allen Kagina, has said Kyenjojo-Kabwoya road will be made a model project for road construction in the country.

“We need to avoid the mistakes that happened during the Fort Portal-Kamwenge road construction,” Ms Kagina said while meeting government and non-government organisations officials of Kyenjojo and Kibaale districts last Friday.

Works on the Fort Portal-Kamwenge road were suspended in 2015 after the World Bank withdrew its support citing irregularities on the project that included alleged defilement by workers.

She said the Kyenjojo-Kabwoya road project is fully contracted to a Chinese construction company at Shs214 billion and works are expected to be complete by 2019.

“Cases of child labour, land and gender issues will be closely monitored. We learnt a good lesson on the Fort Portal-Kamwenge road construction project,” she said. “UNRA staff, including myself, will closely monitor this project up to the end,” Ms Kagina added.

However, Mr Moses Byaruhanga, one of the residents of Kibaale, said there was an influx of girls from villages who have already rented houses at nearby trading centres ready to engage in prostitution with the road contractors.
He appealed to government and local leaders to ensure that those implicated in sexual offences are brought to book.

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