Uganda Military Accused of Selectively Repairing Roads for President Museveni

Six months after Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni ordered the Special Forces Command (SFC) to take over the maintenance of City roads, construction has began in Kampala's Central Business District----and it curiously targets only the routes used by the Head of State. PHOTO/COURTESY

Kampala, Uganda | THE BLACK EXAMINER | Six months after President Yoweri Museveni directed the Special Forces Command (SFC) to oversee road maintenance in Kampala’s Central Business District, construction has begun on roads specifically used by the President. Museveni’s order in June, initiated at the request of his son and senior advisor, Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba, aimed to improve city roads at a reduced cost. Gen Muhoozi had earlier surveyed the city’s deteriorating roads and pledged to utilize SFC units to enhance them.

Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago expressed uncertainty about the source of funding for these projects, as the roads fall under the Authority’s jurisdiction. He mentioned that the roads in the Central Business District are plagued with potholes, contrasting with the well-maintained “presidential route,” designed to ensure the President’s smooth passage.

President Museveni frequently travels to Kololo Independence Grounds, where he interacts with large crowds, particularly during the Covid-19 pandemic, and many roads in the vicinity require repair. The SFC construction regiment, accompanied by heavily armed soldiers, has been observed working on roads near Kololo Independence Grounds.

Reports from Ugandan media suggest that at least 19,324 square meters (approximately 3 kilometers) of potholes and sections will be repaired by the end of December this year. Public discontent over the widespread presence of potholes in Kampala has been growing, with Ugandans expressing their frustration on social media. Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Thomas Tayebwa, also raised the issue during a parliamentary session, highlighting the city’s diverse pothole problem.

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Busiinge Aggrey
Busiinge Aggrey
Business Aggrey" is a 23-year-old Ugandan journalist and Editor-in-Chief at The Black Examiner newspaper