Rubanda — The Ministry of Works and Transport and Rubanda District officials have commissioned construction of two new community access roads in Rubanda West Constituency estimated to cost at least Shs1.4b.
The 8 kilometre Nfasha-Kigunguzo-Rwabahundame Road in Bufundi Sub-county will be constructed at a cost of Shs905m while the 3.5 kilometre Kitagata-Mushanje Road in Ikumba Sub-county will cost Shs500m.
Their construction was launched on Monday. The Nfasha-Kigunguzo-Rwabahundame section will enable area residents to access various institutions including Kibara and Kigunguzo primary schools, Kibale and Nyabikoni Church of Uganda. The Kitagata-Mushanje will stretch link Mukitagata, Nyakishenyi and Mukihita villages.
While delivering his speech at the ceremony, Mr Joel Kintu, a civil engineer in the Ministry of Works and Transport, said the construction of the roads was pushed for by the area MP Denis Sabiiti.
Mr Kintu said Destiny Civil Engineering Limited, a Kampala-based firm, has been contracted to do the work. He, however, said there will be no compensation to the residents whose property will be affected because the roads are being constructed under the Inter-connectivity Project meant for the good of the community.
Mr Pastoli Twinomuhangi, the LC5 vice chairman, said the roads will help farmers to easily transport agricultural produce to different markets.
The areas in which the roads are being opened are known for production of Irish potatoes, onions, beans, sorghum and timber.
"The construction of these community roads will boost economic development. Many Trading Centres will come up; food stores and cottage industries will come up thus creating employment for the community members," Mr Twinomuhangi said.
Mr Sabiiti appealed to the locals to cooperate with the contractors.
The work is expected to be completed by July next year.
"After realising that most of the areas in the constituency are inaccessible due to lack of roads, I asked assistance from the Ministry of Works and Transport to help in opening up the roads," Mr Sabiiti said.
The district was carved out of Kabale in July 2016.