By Kampala Post Reporter
MASAKA. President Yoweri Museveni on Sunday performed a groundbreaking ceremony that will see the 41-kilometre Masaka Bukakata road in Masaka District upgraded from gravel status to tarmac.
The ceremony took place at Kasana grounds in Nyendo in Masaka Municipality. The project will be co-financed by the Government of Uganda, the Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa (BADEA) and OPEC Fund for International Development. The latter 2 organizations will provide US$15 million and US$12 million respectively to the tarmacking of the road.
President Museveni informed the people of Masaka that the Government wants to create an industrial park on the Bukakata-Nabugabo land that had once been military property.
“In Bukakata-Nabugabo, we have military land that we used to test military ammunition. The Army got another land so I now want us to use it to build industries. Those who are on that land, I would like to compensate them such that they move off and we turn it into an industrial park like how we did in Namanve,” he said.
Mr. Museveni encouraged the people to refrain from subsistence farming and embrace commercialized agriculture adding that those with small pieces of land should practice the four-acre model of production to create wealth and increase their household income.
He reiterated that while it was important for the country to develop its infrastructure, it was also their individual roles and responsibility to amass wealth for themselves and improve their livelihoods.
“You cannot bring a mattress to the tarmac road and sleep on it. You will still go back home to find the same problems waiting for you. You will still find the children with no blankets to cover themselves and you will still have bills to pay. Therefore, we encourage you to carry out calculative commercialized agriculture,” he said.
Regarding infrastructure, the President was happy to note that the road from Kampala to Masaka and the one from Mpigi to Kibibi on to Gomba, Kanoni up to Nyendo in Masaka Municipality has been fully funded by the Government of Uganda.
Mr. Museveni further encouraged the people of Masaka to vote wisely so that projects like the tarmacking of small town feeder roads can be done.
“We shall also do small roads like Kitovu road. We did the Kako road. The rest is up to you Masaka people. You should vote someone who can remind me of these roads; for example, the road from Nyendo to town,” he said.
Minister of Works and Transport, Engineer Azuba Monica Ntege, said the construction of the Bukakata – Nabugabo road is part of the NRM’s manifesto of infrastructural development and maintenance of the country’s road networks. She noted that more roads would be upgraded over the years.
She called upon the people of Masaka District to put to maximum economic use of the soon to be upgraded road to fight poverty and improve the quality of their living standards. She thanked the local leaders and the people of the area for their support to the project.