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On Kampala road repairs and summits: Responding to specific events bad idea – UPC

(Last Updated On: 11 January 2024)

Kampala I Uganda will host two key summits in January 2024. The Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) summit will run from January 15 to 20 and will be followed by G-77 from 20 to 23.

All the above summits will be held at Speke Resort Munyonyo, Makindye Division in Kampala. The Kampala administration is expecting the summits, among other advantages, to boost tourism while showcasing the beauty of the country’s cordiality to the world.

Addressing Parliament in November 2023 on the government’s readiness to host NAM and G-77 summits, John Mulimba, State Minister for Foreign Affairs, said Uganda’s tourism sector will benefit from the two upcoming international summits.

“Uganda’s chairmanship of the two summits will provide a platform to market Uganda’s unique tourism and investment opportunities to a larger and wider community of international actors,” Mulimba added.

Ahead of the summits, the government has since 2023 been repairing roads, doing roadside beautification and attending to major infrastructure rots in the Central Business District of Kampala, Entebbe [International Airport] and the Capital’s neighbourhoods.

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In November 2023, President Museveni directed that shs2b be released to a special branch of the UPDF – Special Forces Command (SFC) engineering brigade to carry out road works (repairs) in the City. The brigade’s primary task was [is] to repair potholed Kampala roads.

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While the UPC party says it welcomes the reconstruction and rehabilitation of some City roads for the upcoming summits, it has also criticized the government’s timing.

“Responding and planning for only specific events when our people are losing both lives and property due to bad roads is a poor idea,” UPC’s Muzeyi Faizo said. summits

“UPC is urging the government to continue with the road repairs in Kampala and not only necessarily for the said summits’ purposes, which repairs should be extended to up-country as roads are vital links to communication and service delivery.”

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Any impassable road or damaged bridge, UPC says is “a real challenge to trade and movements of people thus the need to be focused and decisive as we move on with 2024”.

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