Uganda seeks Shs 1 trillion loan for infrastructure development

Uganda seeks Shs 1 trillion loan for infrastructure development
David Bahati, the State Minister for Planning

Government of Uganda has tabled a Shs 1.2 trillion loan request for the municipal infrastructure development program.

David Bahati, the State Minister for Planning tabled before parliament a loan request that will be financed by the International Development Association (IDA) of the World Bank.

The loan which is to provide additional financing for municipal infrastructure development was last month approved by cabinet.

The funds will be used to address different challenges through the provision of grants to municipalities and refugee hosting districts to support rehabilitation and construction of urban roads and associated infrastructure.

According to a cabinet statement issued recently, the loan is to help address infrastructure development in the Local Governments hosting large numbers of refugees by constructing small bridges and box culverts on impassable sections.

The loan will also see the construction of market stalls for vendors at bus, taxi and lorry parks, construction of markets, slaughterhouses including provision for waste management, implementation of the drainage master plans and others.

Also to be addressed by the loan is the urban solid and liquid waste management through addressing bottlenecks in the solid waste management cycle, provide information education communication materials, institutional capacity, and waste reduction strategies.

The cabinet statement further says that the loan will help develop infrastructure for promoting sports and culture playfields, resource centres, community buildings and also be used for urban beautification of public parks, playgrounds, urban landscaping and urban greening like planting of trees on roads edges.

Deputy speaker Jacob Oulanyah referred the loan request to the committee of National Economy for expeditious handling.