The State Minister of Investment, Evelyn Anite on Thursday visited Mbale Industrial Park to assess the impact of the devastating floods that wreaked havoc in Mbale City a week ago.
Accompanied by the Chairman of the Uganda Investment Authority, Morrison Rwakakamba, Anite told proprietors of Sino-Uganda factory that Government has already committed funds and put plans in place to address the problem of floods.
“We’re sad and sorry, we feel your pain. We’ve come to give you Government assurance that all is being done for your recovery and getting back to production and profitability,” said Anite.
Floods that hit Mbale City on July 30 and 31, 2022 killed over 20 people and destroyed several infrastructure including at the industrial park.
Anite said in Mbale that Government has already allocated Shs20bn to improve drainage infrastructure at the Mbale Industrial Park.
“Government has already put in place Shs 20bn to improve infrastructure, especially drainage and water channels, in Mbale Industrial Park. The contract has been awarded to China Railway Group 3 and they are now on ground,” she said.
State Minister of Investment Evelyn Anite, Uganda Investment Authority Board Chairman Morrison Rwakakamba and the proprietors of Sino-Uganda factory at Mbale Industrial Park.
The Minister also announced technical working group has been established comprising representatives of Uganda Investment Authority, Ministries of Works, Water, Energy, National Environmental Management Authority and Mbale City to do scientific assessment and come up with solutions to address the flood challenge.
The Sino Uganda factory proprietors said they have registered losses in millions of dollars.
Works Minister Gen. Katumba Wamala told Parliament on Thursday that Shs100bn is needed to restore the infrastructure in Mbale.