KAYUNGA. President Museveni on Tuesday commissioned 12 roads in Hoima Municipality that were constructed under the Uganda Support to Municipal Infrastructure Development (USIMID) programme.
The roads, situated in the heart of Hoima Town, cover 6 Kilometres and were upgraded from murram to tarmac.
The municipality mayor, Ms Grace Mary Mugasa, appreciated the President and the NRM government for improving urban infrastructure.
She said the municipality started implementing USMID projects in 2013 and so far, government has injected Shs31 billion in the municipality.
The money, she said, has been used in constructing roads, capacity building for technical staff, local revenue enhancement, establishment of a material testing laboratory, physical planning, beautification and street lighting in the town.
The USMID coordinator, Dr Isaac Mutenyo, said Kasese, Kamuli, Mubende, Kitgum, Lugazi, Busia, Ntungamo and Apac municipalities will benefit from financing.
The programme worth $360 million will benefit 22 municipalities and eight districts that host a large number of refugees.
Dr Mutenyo says Hoima is likely to receive about Shs50 billion under the USMID additional financing, which will be implemented from the 2018/2019 financial year to the 2022/2023 financial year.
While addressing the residents, Mr Museveni said government has not forgotten improving urban infrastructure.
“We had many priorities which we were still working on,” he said.
He said even as God created the world, he did not do everything at once. He said NRM uses prioritisation while implementing its programmes.
He added that after opening up main roads linking regions and districts, government has now started improving urban infrastructure and other key roads.
“We are doing all this before oil production. When we start producing oil, we shall do a lot more,” the President said.
The President urged civil servants to be trustworthy and use government money for the intended purpose.
Mr Museveni later met Bunyoro regional leaders at Kontik Hotel in Hoima Town.
The President is in a countrywide tour of all regions as part of the NRM’s mid-term review.