President Yoweri Museveni on Tuesday commissioned the 44.5km Bumbobi-Lwakhaka Road telling the people of Manafwa District that the National Resistance Movement (NRM) Government has always kept its promises to the people of Uganda.
The President was speaking at Manafwa District Headquarters shortly after commissioning a 44.5 Km Bumbobi-Lwakhakha road in Manafwa Town Council.
The Bumbobi-Lwakhakha Road is located in Mbale, Manafwa and Namisindwa districts starting at Bumbobi just outside Mbale City on Tororo-Mbale highway proceeding through Bubulo-Busumbu up to Lwakhakha on the Uganda-Kenya border, providing an international route to Kenya.
President Museveni said that the NRM government promised to change this area and indeed it has been changed with huge developments including good roads, electricity, water etc.
“We have been saying that we shall change this area even when we did not have enough money. We have now delivered our promise like we have done before,” he said.
Mr. Museveni urged Ugandans to elect NRM so that they continue to developing the country.
The Minister of State for Works and Transport Hon. Peter Lokeris revealed that in Bugisu region, there are several ongoing projects which include rehabilitation of Namunsi-Sironko Road (40km), Mbale-Tororo-Mbale-Soroti-Kamdin Roads(341km) and Nakalama-Tirinyi-Mbale road (100km).
The Ag. Executive Director of UNRA Eng. Muhoozi Samuel commended President Museveni, the Government and Development partners in particular the African Development Bank for extending support to the road programmes.
In a joint statement by the regional Moslem clerics who presided over the function, asked God to forgive the people for wronging the President who has maintained peace since 1986 and has also caused so much development including the brand new Bumbobi-Lwakhakha road commissioned.
The Bumbobi-Lwakhakha road which is 44.5km long is part of the National Roads Network and was undertaken by M/S China State Construction Engineering Corporation Ltd and will promote regional integration and cross boarder trade with Kenya.
The project is on the Tororo-Mbale Highway proceeding through Bubulo-Busumbu up to Lwakhakha on the Uganda-Kenya border providing local and International trade link.
The Bumboobi-Lwakhaka road will improve access to the socio-economic facilities and the quality of transport service levels in eastern part of Uganda thereby contributing to improved standard of living of the beneficiaries
It will also promote regional integration and cross border trade with Kenya and also assist in the administrative and social coverage in the region and reduce vehicle operating costs. It will also greatly support the growth of the tourism industry in Eastern Uganda.