MPs Task UNRA on Kampala-Entebbe Expressway Vandalism

Parliament’s Physical Infrastructure Committee has tasked the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) to come up with punitive measures and strategic interventions aimed at addressing vandalism on the Kampala-Entebbe Expressway.

The MPs made the suggestion during the Tuesday meeting with officials from UNRA led by the Minister of Works and Transport, Gen. Edward Katumba Wamala.

The officials had appeared before the committee regarding operations and maintenance of the Kampala-Entebbe Expressway. During the meeting, Members of Parliament pointed out the vandalism of road materials along the Expressway as one of the biggest challenges on the toll road.

They recommended that the roads authority comes up with alternative construction materials that cannot attract vandals in order to save tax payers money used to replace vandalized materials.

Eng. Joseph Otim, the UNRA Director for Road Maintenance told the committee that the fencing along the Kampala –Entebbe Expressway has been the most vandalised road furniture.

He said that out of the 44,386 meter fencing, a total of 30,588.68 meters (68.9 percent) has been vandalised. He said that the existing length of available fencing is currently 13,797.32 meters.

Otim says that the increased vandalism of the chain-link fence is due to the available market for metal scrap that is used as raw material for steel products.

Ronald Balimwezo, the Nakawa East MP blamed vandalism on the rampant road accidents along the Kampala-Entebbe Expressway. He appealed to UNRA to come up with tough measures to deter vandals.

Roland Ndyomugyenyi, the Rukiga County MP also attributed the road accidents on poor lighting along the Expressway. Yusuf Nsibambi, the Mawokota South MP advised government to invest money collected from the road into something tangible that can encourage Ugandans protect the investment.

Robert Kasolo, the Physical Infrastructure Committee vice chairperson also added that security along the Expressway is bad something that has given space to vandals and other criminal activities.

The Minister Gen. Edward Katumba Wamala said that he had authorised several security patrols on the road.

The Minister also attributed delays in installation of lights to delayed pre-shipment inspection of lighting materials from the country of origin as a result of COVID-19.

He however, said that all lighting materials have now been delivered and installation is ongoing and that the process is expected to be completed by the March 2023.

Wamala also called for mass sensitization of the public on the importance of road furniture.  

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