By Nakanwagi Olivier Mukaaya
Mbale City has secured over Shs30 billion for reconstruction of five central city roads, traffic lights, beautification, and improvement of drainage systems.
Speaking to this website yesterday, 8th February 9, 2021, James Kutosi, the City’s PRO said the roads to be worked on are; Naboa, Cathedral Avenue, Nkokonjeru, Manafwa and Mumyasi.
The contractor who has already commenced works on Naboa Road is Dott Services that is expected to complete these works in a period of 12 months.
“Some road works have already kicked off like on Naboa road and we also expect traffic light to be placed on that road where the roundabout was to help controlling traffic in town,” Kutosi revealed.
He also said the City is going to change after the rehabilitation of the 5 roads because of the changes in the designs of these roads.
“We are planning to make those roads look like Republic Street with new trees and grass planted,” he said.
Mr Kutoosi further said that they are also working on a plan for the drainage system across different parts of the city.
Ms Joyce Naduntu, a business lady on Naboa road appreciated Mbale City Authorities for remembering to work on this road which had become a death trap for people who used it.
“The reconstructed road will also boost our business,” she said.
Abdu Massa, a boda boda rider also thanked government for coming up to work on these roads saying that as boda boda riders they have been finding it hard carrying passages on the potholed road.
“It was so hard to ride in potholes, sometimes we ended up knocking each other leaving some of us with broken legs but we thank them for coming up to work on these roads,” Massa said.
However Sumaya Musolini, a business woman on Market Street advised leaders to always use well the funds which are given to them to work on roads to avoid doing substandard works.
“I hope they do a great job this time because every time they get money to work on roads, they just do it for accountability purposes instead of doing proper works which can last long,” she said.