World Bank to spend $350 million on infrastructure in eight towns

Sunday May 19 2019

An aerial view of Mubende town. T

An aerial view of Mubende town. The town will benefit from the Uganda Municipal Support Infrastructure Development (USMID) Project.     

By URN

The World Bank is set to release $350 million to help boost infrastructure development in eight more municipalities across the country; under the Uganda Municipal Support Infrastructure Development (USMID) Project.   

 The new municipalities that are set to benefit from the new funding include Lugazi, Kasese, Kamuli, Mubende, Apac, Kitgum, Ntungamo and Busia.      

This brings to 22, the number of towns that will benefit from the USMID project across the country.       

Initially, there were 14 municipalities across the country that were benefiting from the USMID Project.

They include Fort-Portal, Hoima, Kabale, Mbarara, Masaka, Entebbe, Jinja, Tororo, Mbale, Soroti, Lira, Gulu, Moroto and Arua. 

Dr Isaac Mutenyo, the USMID project coordinator in the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development says the eight new Municipalities will begin getting funding this financial year up to 2023. 

Dr Mutenyo says the eight municipalities will see a boost in infrastructure projects like improved roads, markets, abattoirs, stadiums and street lights among others.   

He says they are doing all these to improve the infrastructure in order to encourage economic growth in various parts of the country. 

Dr Mutenyo says the programme also aims at enhancing the institutional performance of municipal governments to improve effective service delivery. 

The World Bank programme became effective in Uganda on 4th September 2013.          

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