Kampala, Uganda | THE BLACK EXAMINER | The Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) has undergone a board reshuffle aimed at enhancing the nation’s road network. General Katumba Wamala, the Minister for Works and Transport, recently presented the names of the six new UNRA board members to the cabinet.
During a press briefing at the Media Centre last week, Dr. Chris Baryomusi, the Minister for ICT and National Guidance, revealed that Eng. Dr. Augustibe Obyero is the new UNRA board chairman, succeeding the long-serving chairman Fred Omach. Dr. Obyero had previously retired from the Ministry of Works and Transport.
The other board members include former Luweero woman MP Eng. Lilian Nakate, Engineer Stephen Kitonsa (the substantive commissioner for road bridges in the Ministry of Works), Market Ajok, and Patrick Mwanja.
Baryomusi expressed confidence that the newly appointed board members would contribute significantly to the development of the roads agency.
Allen Kagina, the UNRA executive director, reported that they had expanded the road network by a total of 254.5 kilometers in the 2022/2023 financial year, bringing the total paved roads to 6,133 kilometers. Additionally, 46 kilometers of town roads in various towns and municipalities outside the national road network were upgraded during the same period.
Kagina highlighted the impact of this infrastructure investment, stating that it facilitates movement, promotes trade, and boosts tourism throughout the nation. However, she also noted that UNRA is grappling with a substantial debt of Sh629.1 billion that has accumulated over time.
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