Impassable Feeder Roads Irk Masaka Residents

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Gerald Kawuma, the Mukungwe Sub County LC III Chairperson, acknowledges the challenge but hastens to add that the sub county is incapacitated to work on the road because of low local revenue collection.

Residents of Buwunga and Mukungwe sub counties in Masaka district are crying foul over the poor state roads in their area. They are particularly concerned about the state of the feeder road, which connects both sub counties.


The road runs through the villages of Katwadde, Njumaga, Bukumbule, Nyondo, Luvule, Kasaala, Kasaana, Kasaka and Mmanywa. The poor state of the road has the movement of people and their produce.
 
 
Pellegrino Bikanyuulo, the Njumaga village Local Council Chairperson, explains that besides the poor terrain of the road, it goes through two swamps whose makeshift bridges are submerged.
 
 
He says the road hasn't been repaired for the last five years, despite their repeated pleas to Masaka district local government. According to Bikanyuulo, the state of the road has worsened given the ongoing rains.
 

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Thereza Nabakooza together with her 12 year-old primary six pupil at Kiyumba Primary school, say their community is currently isolated from other parts of the district.


Nabakooza says they are bothered by the poor state of the road, which has almost made movements in the area almost impossible.


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Gerald Kawuma, the Mukungwe Sub County LC III Chairperson, acknowledges the challenge but hastens to add that the sub county is incapacitated to work on the road because of low local revenue collection.

He disclosed to URN that he and his Buwunga sub county counterpart; Francis Kimuli recently petitioned the District Roads Committee to include the road in their next financial year work plan.

 
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Martin Lukwago, the Masaka Chief Administrative Officer has pleaded for calm from residents, saying the district engineer will soon assess the situation and carryout repairs. He however, says the district is held back because of the little funding they receive through the Road Funds that cater for community access roads.

 
The Road Fund allocated Masaka district Shillings 522 million in the 2017/2018 financial year to cater for the routine maintenance of 295 kilometers of roads in the district, which Lukwago says is too little.