Heavy Rains Worsen State of Mubende-Kagadi Road

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Sekyiwere Nyombi, a produce dealer from Mubende district says that much as they are incurring heavy losses because of the bad road, Kibaale district local government continues collecting taxes from them.

The ongoing rains have worsened the condition of Mubende-Kakumiro-Kagadi road. The 94.5 kilometre murram road connects Mubende, Kibaale and Kagadi areas and joins the Kyenjojo-Hoima road.

Traders and travelers plying the route say vehicles carrying their merchandise get stuck in the mud and huge gullies on the road. The most affected section of the road is between Kyabateza swamp, Nkondo and Bwanswa Sub County in Kibaale district. Our reporter who toured the road on Monday morning, found more than 20 trucks and 15 motorcycles stuck on the road.

Some of the trucks were loaded with agricultural produce such as matooke and tomatoes. Others were loaded with other substances like fuel. Sekyiwere Nyombi, a produce dealer from Mubende district says that much as they are incurring heavy losses because of the bad road, Kibaale district local government continues collecting taxes from them. He wonders why the district has failed to install culverts and work on the drainage channels to ease the flow of run-off water. Nyombi says some youths have taken advantage of the situation to work on the bad sections of the road and collect 1000 shillings from each truck going through.
 
Gerald Kagoma, one of the youths says that they have pitched camp along the muddy sections of the road to help push vehicles to dry areas at a cost of 2000 shillings. 

Edward Nyanzi, the area LC II chairperson, says that they have repeatedly complained to Uganda National Road Authority-UNRA over the state of the road, but nothing has been done. He says the poor state of the road has paralyzed the transportation of farmers' produce to the market. Everest Murubya, the Kibaale district engineer says they are short of funds to fix the road. He attributes the poor state of the road to encroachment on wetlands.
 
Murubya says that they tabled the matter before the works and transport minister for immediate attention. Dr. Kasirivu Atwooki, the Bugangaizi West Member of Parliament, blames the poor state of the road on the breakdown of the equipment of Rohasha Construction Company, which was contracted to work on the road. He says as a result, the road works ground to a halt. Murubya says they are devising strategies to have all the dilapidated spots worked on in the shortest time possible.
 

 

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