By Kabuye Ronald
The public has been wondering why some road construction projects keep reoccurring in numerous national budgets without their implementation but this can be blamed on both government and the area residents who fail to reach an agreement regarding land compensation.
Speaking at the COST Uganda media workshop on infrastructural transparency, the principal communications officer of the ministry of works and transport Suzan Kataike attributed the reoccurring of the road projects in more than one national budget without their implementation to unavailability of funds from government to compensate for the land despite donor money being available.
She elaborated that donors only provide funds for the actual construction works hence leaving the responsibility of land compensation to government which in the end lead to delays due to unavailability of funds and failure by the public to give out their land at no cost.
On the same event, the chairperson COST Uganda and MSG Hon. Nathan Byanyima appealed to government to always involve the public in their infrastructural projects by holding barazas to interact and interest them about the projects.
He also urged government officials to be accountable and transparent at all stages of the infrastructural projects so that people can get value for their money and proudly own the projects.
Meanwhile the state minister for information computer technology and national guidance Hon. Peter Ogwang, in his statement read by the assistant commissioner for National Guidance Jonah Jackson Bakalikwira pledged to promote timely access and delivery of information to the public on infrastructural project in order to enhance transparency and accountability.
He also appealed to journalists and the public to read and understand the available laws on information access.