ADJUMANI. Lower local government leaders and the district authorities are excited over the funding under Uganda Support to Municipality Infrastructure Development (USMID).

The excitements follow the visitation by a team from the ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development and a World Bank consultant in the district.

The team headed by Mr Ronald Burundi, a senior physical planner with Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development met members of the district executive Committee and that of the district technical planning staff including sub-county leaders at the district council hall early this week.

Burundi said that although USMID project was originally designed for municipalities, the government of Uganda decided to extend it to refugee-hosting districts in the country.

He said the purpose of the visit by the team in the district is to conduct a rapid physical planning assessment which he noted will take four months.

The Adjumani district vice chairman Mr John Anyanzo hailed the government of Uganda for including Adjumani district in the project and said the district council will at a later stage be briefed on the development to avert mutual suspicion and mistrust.

He noted that previous projects of government have been challenged by the councillors and lower local government leaders for poor initiation.

He revealed that four sub-counties have been identified to pilot the multi-billion USMID project in Adjumani district.

Anyanzo explained that four sub-counties of Dzaipi, Pakele, Chiforo and Ukusijoni will pilot the five years USMID project and will be later rolled to other refugees hosting sub-counties with funding of close to 4billion shillings for the financial year 2019/2020.

World Bank Consultant Mr Andrew Were said the government of Uganda has obtained the funding for USMID project from the Trust Bank to the tune of US Dollars 60m and the funds are meant for Infrastructure development in refugees hosting areas.

The World Bank Consultant said the first phase of the project will be the rapid physical planning assessment and systematic land certification to avoid conflict on land.

Mr Wellborn Kenyi, the chairman of Pakele Sub County, one of the sub-counties chosen to pilot the project expressed gratitude for being involved in the early stages of the project.

He appealed for transparency and result-oriented projects for the success of the project so as to get value for money.

He requested during the meeting, the success stories of previous municipalities and districts that have benefited from the project to be benchmarked.