Speaker Rebecca Kadaga has commended World Bank for extending its municipality based grant (USMID) from 14 to 22 municipalities in Uganda, saying this is timely owing to the more municipalities created.
Kadaga made the comment during a tour of the proposed projects in Kamuli municipality, Eastern Uganda.
World Bank plans to construct two roads and a modern Market in Kamuli Municipality through USMID project.
The Uganda Support to Municipal Infrastructure Development Program (USMID) is implemented by the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development and financed by a $150 million loan from the International Development Association (IDA).
The first phase of the program was approved in 2013 and ended in 2018. USMID is being implemented in 22 municipalities across the country to expand infrastructure and improve service delivery.
Eligible infrastructure includes roads, waste management, water and sewerage extension to peri-urban areas, and local economic infrastructure such as markets and slaughterhouses, and bus, taxi, and lorry parks.
Kadaga noted that once road and market construction is complete, farmers in Busoga region will enjoy a better market for their produce.
The Speaker used her visit to urge residents of Kamuli district to support plans to upgrade the municipality to befitting status with the key project being a central market.
She says that with development partners on board like the World Bank, realising the prospective of a central market that has been in discussion for over nine years will improve the livelihoods of residents.
“A central market in Kamuli is strategic because after acquiring the Bukungu ferry, it will be the hub of most goods and services and thus elevate our town,” Kadaga said.
She was meeting with Kamuli District Council leaders and stakeholders recently, to discuss ways of upgrading the municipality.
Kamuli Municipality MP, Hon. Rehema Watongola advised the project contractor and the district leadership to mobilise residents and guide them in appreciating the value of the work to be implemented.
“We need to sensitise our people on the importance of this work so that they avail land where necessary. We have to reflect the municipal status given to us by Government,” Watongola said.
Kamuli district Resident District Commissioner, Moses Dumba said that the Isimba Bridge under construction will ease mobility and improve trade and development between Kamuli and Kayunga districts.
“This bridge will complement the ferry after it has been established and this will uplift the livelihoods of our people with easy market access,” said Dumba.
Busota, Kamuli-Namwendwa and Kamuli-Sabawali wards within the municipality according to the physical development plan will have plot sizes, open spaces, roads reserves and trade zones among other details mapped out under the one year project.