President Yoweri Museveni last week commissioned a fleet of road construction equipment, purchased by the Uganda Government, in Bbuto-Bweyogerere, Wakiso District.
“Previously, government had a few and fragmented road construction machines which could not cover the whole country. You would find one district with a grader another with a bowser only, making road construction and maintenance difficult. That is why I proposed that we purchase a fleet/lumpsum of equipment for distribution to all districts”, he said.
These 1,000 pieces were purchased by the government from Japan. Each district will have a full set of equipment (a motor grader, a wheel loader, a vibro roller, a water bowser, and two dump trucks).
“The Japanese have over time improved the quality of what they produce. These are therefore high quality equipment and it explains why I convinced government to buy them in large quantities”, added the President.
He in addition said; each district should be able to plan and work on their roads and even open up new ones.
Government through the Ministry of Works and the districts will provide fuel, maintenance and spare parts.
“The ministry of works should therefore have regional workshops; where repairs are done. The districts will have the duty of repairing these equipment and I ask that equipment is well maintained. This is not a donation; we bought this with government money”, he emphasized.
President Museveni called upon the ministry to also establish a central workshop, where the machines can be overhauled, and in future be able to assemble similar machines here in Uganda
“I thank the government of Japan for their assistance and cooperation with Uganda”, he concluded. By ABCafrica reporter