UNRA-ED, Allen Kagina inspecting a bridge under construction

Allen Kagina the Executive Director, Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) has advised all individuals who have encroached on road reserves to vacate peacefully before forced evictions and demolitions.

“In our drive to execute this mandate (managing the national road Infrastructure), 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,” Kagina states in a statement that has been released today.

She adds that the encroachment 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.”