The Uganda Road Fund (URF) has released UGX 127,340,320,819 to its designated agencies and sub-agencies for maintenance of various categories of public roads for Quarter 4 of FY2017/18.

The designated agencies include UNRA, KCCA, 121 Local governments (Districts and Municipalities) and their sub agencies Town Councils and Sub counties.

The quarter 4 disbursement reflects 31.30% of URF annual roads maintenance budget of UGX 406,776,000,000 for the financial year 2017/18 whereby the cumulative release currently stands at 100% since the financial year begun.

Break down of disbursements to Designated Agencies

 Designated Agency Q4 Funds Disbursed
UNRA  85,619,726,640
KCCA  6,322,463,001
Districts  15,599,449,165
Municipalities  8,373,738,639
Town Councils  6,398,536,701
Mechanical Imprest 3,884,406,674
Emergency Funding  750,000,000
Bridges   392,000,000
Total 127,340,320,819

 

Agency Eligibility for Road Maintenance Funding in Q4 FY 2017/18

  1. The Agency should have signed a performance agreement for FY 2017/18 with the Fund.
  2. Submission of a satisfactory annual work plan.
  3. Submission of a general receipt with evidence of timely receipt and transfer of funds to sub agencies in previous quarters. This is done within a given quarter when the funds are disbursed.
  4. Submission of a satisfactory physical and financial accountabilities filed at the beginning of every new quarter.

A total of 5 Districts that include Amuru, Kibaale, Kiruhura, Rubanda, Kyenjojo, Nakaseke and 2 Municipalities of Busia and Kamuli did not submit their accountabilities for Q2FY 2017/18 and therefore their funds have been withheld.

  1. Activities to be funded in Q4 FY2016/17

The funds disbursed will facilitate routine and periodic maintenance, road safety works, axle load control, ferry operations and maintenance at the 11 ferry crossings, plant and equipment Repairs, Road materials and operational expenses in respective Agencies.

The quarter 4 funds shall also address challenges that have been caused by floods in the different parts of the Country. This will involve alterations in programs that URF may allow on application by the agencies.

 

  1. UNRA Road Maintenance

In this quarter UNRA has planned to maintain 3,703km of paved roads, 16,198km unpaved roads, 78bridges and 11 ferries. UNRA will carry out road safety works in quarter 4 by installing/maintaining street lighting, road signage, road marking and demarcation of road reserves on 150km of selected national roads. The Fund will also finance the pretesting of an alternative technology on 1.0km on a selected National road. The low cost seal technology is an alternative to the costly bitumen which is commonly used to pave Uganda’s roads.

The Fund will facilitate the operations of axle load control and enforcement on eight (8) fixed and four (4) mobile weigh bridges.

  1. KCCA Road Maintenance works for Q3

KCCA will maintain 225km of paved roads and 200km of unpaved roads. KCCA will also undertake road markings and junction maintenance under its road safety programmes. Extended periodic maintenance shall be undertaken on Kalungu road Makindye division.

In this quarter, the Fund will finance transport studies on road safety and congestion on Kampala city roads.

  1. Road maintenance works on District, Urban, and Community Access Roads

Districts will maintain 30,043km of roads and undertake installation of 1,076 culverts in this quarter. A total 3,747km of Municipal council roads and 1 bridge will be maintained in this quarter.

  1. Oversight of Road Maintenance programmes

The Secretariat urges the District Roads Committees as required by the URF 2008 Act to play their oversight role over road maintenance funds as well as monitoring of respective road maintenance programmes.

  1. Focus on Financial year 2018/19

The Ministry of Finance Planning and Economic Development (MoFPED) increased the road maintenance Budget from UGX 417bn to 622.52bn for the financial year 2019/18. The increment is a 49.14% over the FY 2017/18 funding levels.

Road safety shall be a key component in the next financial year’s budget as well as the removal of bottlenecks caused by floods on the local government roads. Other interventions will be rehabilitation of bridges, installation of culverts, investment in research and alternative material technologies and also funding road maintenance of the new 237 Town Councils roads.

The Uganda Road Fund Secretariat adheres to timely disbursements of road maintenance funds to avoid delays in execution of planned programmes of its Agencies.

Uganda Road Fund remains committed to its core principles of Prudence, Transparency, Integrity and Value.

 

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