We have Annual Deficit of UGX 70B for Road Construction -KCCA

The Kampala Capital City Authority -KCCA has said it has an annual deficit of more than 70 billion shillings for road construction and maintenance. Ugandans have taken to twitter to expose potholes that are equivalent to ponds in the city centre.

The campaign kickstarted by renowned cartoonist Dr Jimmy Spire Sentongo, under the hashtag #potholeexhibition has sparked Ugandans to post all sorts of potholes which have made them incur daily costs of repairing damaged vehicles. Photo/courtesy of KCCA ED Dorothy Kisaka.

In response, KCCA said it was aware of the potholes but its limited by lack of funds. The authority said it needs about UGX 75 – 100 billion every year for road construction and maintenance but it only gets UGX26 billion.

“We receive money for roads and drainage development and maintenance from the Government of Uganda and from Uganda Road Fund. KCCA needs anywhere between UGX 75 – 100 Billion annually in order to be able to effectively maintain our roads and yet we get only UGX 26 Billion for this task. We have engaged the relevant government agencies, that is, the Ministry of Finance, the committees of Parliament for infrastructure and for Presidential Affairs,” KCCA said in a statement.

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KCCA further explained that this year it faced a serious delay in the release of funding for both road development and road maintenance. This, made them not continue with the pothole repairs, even after properly identifying areas in need of intervention.

“KCCA is currently constrained by the limited budget provisions to turn around this situation. By December 2022, KCCA had recorded an area of 8,500 Square meters of potholes, spread across the five divisions. In December 2022, work on the potholes started in earnest with the funding that was available. KCCA covered potholes on several roads across the five divisions,” KCCA said.

In order to solve the problem of insufficient budget, KCCA said it has met the Parliamentary committees to raise awareness of the problem of “dead roads” for a lack of better words, otherwise they mean roads that have outlived their useful lives.

KCCA, however, indicates in this final quarter of the financial year, the Government of Uganda has released the development budget and they are going to use part of it to fix the sections that fit within the funds received. “We expect that this, combined with the release from the Uganda Road Fund will be able to turn around the outlook of the blackspots.”

Potholed roads have been some of the cited major causes of traffic jam and road crashes as everyone tries to use a space that is secure. Vehicles that could have moved at a reasonable speed are forced to move at a snail pace. In the process, road become congested and people are forced to spend several hours when going to work and returning home.

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