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Increase funding to local governments for road maintenance – Members of Parliament

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  Members of parliament have expressed discontent over the government s long delay in giving money to the Road Fund for road maintenance MPs were dismayed that even when funds are released late they are insufficient and have left many roads in disrepair Kitgum District MP H E Lillian Aber said that local governments receive funds that are insufficient to repair the roads The 25 million shs given to some local governments is really a joke If we can look at the challenges that we have encountered in our constituencies we have lost people MPs have bought ambulances but they break down within months Aber said The concerns followed a statement by the Minister of State for Finance Planning Hon Amos Lugoloobi on releases to the Uganda Road Fund released on Wednesday August 17 2022 Lawmakers complained about insufficient funds allocated to their constituencies and criticized the Ministry of Finance for deliberately failing the Fund Imagine that a district like Isingiro receives 20 million shs How do you expect people to benefit from this How do you expect our people to develop said the Honorable Stephen Kangwagye Indep Bukanga County MPs did not accept Lugoloobi s justification that the Fund s funding was affected by financial constraints I have pain we said add shs1 000 in a liter of fuel and it will go to Road Fund When you tabulate you get about 1 billion shss a year Why can t we use this money asked Brother Nathan Byanyima NRM North Bukanga The Uganda Highway Fund Act stipulates that the sources of funds include fuel taxes road license fees and road and bridge tolls Vice President Thomas Tayebwa said the ministry was putting the burden of road maintenance on MPs You are telling the public that it should be the parliamentarians who should go to work on their roads you are telling me to go work on the roads in North Ruhinda said Tayebwa He said that the Ministry of Finance often shies away from putting the Fund into operation and questioned whether tax revenue intended to finance the Fund was diverted Lugoloobi said that only shhs 5 7 billion had been released for maintenance of national roads and shhs 6 2 billion for district urban and community access roads as of July 2022 He added that for the August October quarter 18 000 had been released Shs million to serve national roads For local government roads Lugoloobi said the ministry was financially strapped While the previous special funds were legally created it is no longer sustainable to put them into operation given current trends reforms and potential negative consequences Lugoloobi said Adjumani District Deputy H E Jesca Ababiku said that the government should come out and declare to the public what it can provide and relieve leaders of pressure from constituents This statement confirms what the Finance Minister recently said that the economy is limping Our government must come out and make it clear that our budget cannot be implemented so that as leaders we are not pressured Ababiku said Tayebwa directed Lugoloobi to inquire further about the financing of the Road Fund and update Parliament on Tuesday August 20 2022
Increase funding to local governments for road maintenance – Members of Parliament

1 Members of parliament have expressed discontent over the government’s long delay in giving money to the Road Fund for road maintenance.

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2 MPs were dismayed that even when funds are released late, they are insufficient and have left many roads in disrepair.

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3 Kitgum District MP, H.E. Lillian Aber said that local governments receive funds that are insufficient to repair the roads.

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4 “The 25 million shs given to some local governments is really a joke.

5 If we can look at the challenges that we have encountered in our constituencies, we have lost people, MPs have bought ambulances but they break down within months,” Aber said.

6 The concerns followed a statement by the Minister of State for Finance (Planning), Hon. Amos Lugoloobi on releases to the Uganda Road Fund released on Wednesday, August 17, 2022.

7 Lawmakers complained about insufficient funds allocated to their constituencies and criticized the Ministry of Finance for deliberately failing the Fund. “Imagine that a district like Isingiro receives 20 million shs; How do you expect people to benefit from this?

8 How do you expect our people to develop?

9 said the Honorable Stephen Kangwagye (Indep., Bukanga County).

10 MPs did not accept Lugoloobi’s justification that the Fund’s funding was affected by financial constraints.

11 “I have pain; we said add shs1,000 in a liter of fuel and it will go to Road Fund. When you tabulate, you get about 1 billion shss a year; Why can’t we use this money?

12 asked Brother Nathan Byanyima (NRM, North Bukanga).

13 The Uganda Highway Fund Act stipulates that the sources of funds include fuel taxes, road license fees, and road and bridge tolls.

14 Vice President Thomas Tayebwa said the ministry was putting the burden of road maintenance on MPs. “You are telling the public that it should be the parliamentarians who should go to work on their roads; you are telling me to go work on the roads in North Ruhinda,” said Tayebwa.

15 He said that the Ministry of Finance often shies away from putting the Fund into operation and questioned whether tax revenue intended to finance the Fund was diverted.

16 Lugoloobi said that only shhs 5.7 billion had been released for maintenance of national roads and shhs 6.2 billion for district urban and community access roads as of July 2022.

17 He added that for the August-October quarter, 18,000 had been released Shs million to serve national roads For local government roads, Lugoloobi said the ministry was financially strapped.

18 “While the previous special funds were legally created, it is no longer sustainable to put them into operation given current trends, reforms and potential negative consequences,” Lugoloobi said.

19 Adjumani District Deputy, H.E. Jesca Ababiku said that the government should come out and declare to the public what it can provide and relieve leaders of pressure from constituents.

20 “This statement confirms what the Finance Minister recently said that the economy is limping.

21 Our government must come out and make it clear that our budget cannot be implemented so that as leaders we are not pressured,” Ababiku said.

22 Tayebwa directed Lugoloobi to inquire further about the financing of the Road Fund and update Parliament on Tuesday, August 20, 2022.

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