Prime minister Robinah Nabbanja says government is planning to rehabilitate and expand the Masaka-Kyotera-Mutukula road in an effort to boost trade.
This 96km-road is essential for linking and promoting trade and cooperation between Uganda, Tanzania, and the rest of the East African partners but is currently in a very terrible state.
A journey which used to be less than an hour, currently takes motorists close to two hours to connect to Mutukula border post from Masaka City.
Nabbanja says the rehabilitation project will be funded by a grant from the African Development Bank under the NEPAD infrastructure project preparation facility.
The premier made the remarks while presiding over the belated NRM day celebrations for Kyotera district at Kyotera grounds in the town Council.
“Government is fully aware of the importance of this road to our economy. It’s a gateway for us into Tanzania and so is Tanzania to Uganda. In the spirit of promoting trade and regional cooperation, we indeed need to make our transport infrastructure user friendly. That’s why, I am here to assure you of government’s commitment to rehabilitate and expand this great road” she said.
Nabbanja urged locals to engage in more productive activities so that when the road is worked on, they will be able to use it maximally as it will enhance smooth movement of goods and services.
At the same fete, Nabbanja commissioned the new district Administration block which cost a cool Shs1.4bn funded by the government of Uganda.
The administration block has more than 72 rooms and will serve as a council hall, a boardroom and staff offices. The function at as also attended by state ministers Haruna Kasolo, Fred Kyakulaga, Members of Parliament among other leaders.