Rugunda: It’s Shameful that Uganda Hires Foreigners to Build Roads
Uganda’s prime minister, Dr Ruhakana Rugunda, has described as “shameful” the fact that the country contracts foreigners to construct her roads.
Dr Rugunda spoke during the second edition of NTV Economic Summit held at the Kampala Serena Hotel.
RUGUNDA ON CONTRACTING FOREIGNERS TO MAKE ROADS
Rugunda also admitted that Uganda had no capacity to build her own roads.
“It’s shameful that Uganda which used to do tarmac roads during colonial days has no capacity these days,” he admitted.
According to Rugunda, a huge chunk of the money for roads goes to foreigners.
“Over 80 percent of the UNRA budget goes to International contractors,” he said.
“We must make our own roads.”
Rugunda said there was need to develop the capacity of Ugandans.
“We must develop capacity within our local content to construct essential infrastructure,” the premier said.
He also admitted that the east African land locked nation still found it difficult to access the world market.
“Uganda has had logistical challenges in accessing the global market.”
But he said government was already working out a solution.
“To address this and position the country to be more competitive, government is investing in the standard gauge railway,” said Rugunda.
On easing regional trade, Rugunda said government was proud of its policy of upgrading roads.
“One of the greatest facilitators of regional trade is improvement in communication and transport between Uganda and its neighbours,” said premier Rugunda.
“Upgrading the roads is one of the policies that NRM has implemented and is proud of. This because it has eased trade between Uganda and other East African Countries.”
RUGUNDA ON FAMILY PLANNING
The prime minister said family planning initiatives should be by choice, not just a product of chance.
“Family planning should be implemented to empower couples to have children by choice and not by chance.”