Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) has commenced an exercise of clearing all structures in road reserves along major highways and other national roads across the country. This was revealed in a statement released by the road’s authority body. Below is the statement;
Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) is among other things entrusted with the responsibility of managing the National Road Infrastructure which includes the road itself, the road signs and the road reserves.
In our drive to execute this mandate, we have, through inspection established that many individuals have encroached on the National Road Reserves, an act that contravenes the law.
In some instances the encroachment has been extended to the walkways, road shoulders and the road carriageway itself thereby posing danger to road users especially, pedestrians. This hinders the smooth flow of traffic creating traffic congestion and disorder as we now see on many roads radiating from the city centre.
In order to protect the National Road asset, UNRA will in accordance with Section 5 of the Roads Act, Cap 358 of the Laws of Uganda shortly commence eviction of all illegal markets and other unauthorized activities taking place within the road reserves along National Roads.
This clean-up exercise will start with Kampala-Entebbe Road and will later cover Kampala-Jinja Road, Kampala-Masaka Road, Kampala-Mityana Road, Kampala-Hoima Road and Kampala-Bombo Road.
This is therefore to advise all individuals who have structures or unauthorized activities of any form in the Road Reserves anywhere along the national roads to vacate before demolitions and forceful evictions commence. We request for maximum cooperation and compliance from the public to ensure a seamless exercise.
We anticipate that this exercise will reduce congestion on our roads, reduce travel time and ensure safety of all road users.
Allen C. Kagina
Executive Director, Uganda National Roads Authority