This newspaper has learnt that the Government of Uganda through Uganda Road Fund (URF) has released sh113.1b for the repair and maintenance of potholes in Kampala and and 111 districts.
Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) the body that is responsible for Ugandan roads gave Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) sh3.1b, sh10.1b to the ten districts, sh3.4b was disbursed to the 22 municipalities, sh4.79b to 174 town councils and sh6.96b to 1, 105 sub-counties while sh28,4b was disbursed to the five divisions of Kampala; Rubaga, Kawempe, Nakawa, Makindye and Central in the second quarter (Q2) of the current 2013/ 14 financial year.
“Upon release of funds for maintenance of public roads in Quarter 2 of FY 2013/14 to URF by Treasury, the Fund Management Board in line with Section 14 of the Uganda Road Fund Act 2008 has authorized the release of sh28,4b to KCCA and Local Governments for the maintenance of various categories of public roads in Q2 of FY 2013/14,” says the release.
Since accountability of the funds by the designated agencies to URF remained the responsibility of accounting officers, they were urged to ensure that road maintenance funds are not garnished by Uganda Revenue Authority (URA).
“Agencies should immediately provide general receipts to URF as soon as funds are received without further prompting,” the release warns.