Construction of Villa-Sembabule Highway Finally Starts

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Chinse contractors to undertake construction of Villa-Sembabule Highway at a cost of 239billion shillings. Edward Bindhe

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Now, Abraham Byandala, the Works and Transport minister says government has contracted China Railway NO3 Engineering Group Company Limited to undertake the road construction.

The long awaited construction of Villa-Bukomansimbi-Sembabule highway has finally started. The one hundred and ten kilometer road stretch has been appearing in the national budget for the last 25 years. 

Now, Abraham Byandala, the Works and Transport minister says government has contracted China Railway NO3 Engineering Group Company Limited to undertake the road construction. He says the project, which is expected to last three years is expected to cost Government 230 billion shillings adding that, the projected is fund by tax-payers. 

Byandala says since the project has delayed, government has decided to compensate all affected the people as the project proceeds. He has appealed to those who haven't received compensation not to disrupt the road works saying they will be paid in due time. 

In 2012, angry Sembabule and Bukomansimbi residents led by their leaders staged demonstrations to protest the delayed construction of the road. Muhammad Kateregga, the Bukomansimbi LC 5 chairperson says they are excited the project has finally kicked off.  

He says currently many coffee farmers in his district access the market with hardship because of the poor state of the road. Kateregga has asked the contractors to execute an excellent job bearing in mind that government has injected a lot of money in the road works.

George William Kavuma, a resident of Bukomansimbi says he will only celebrate once the project is complete.  Kavuma says despite the commissioning of the road works, he is not sure the project will be implemented.

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Motorists plying the route say it has been very costly to maintain their vehicles because of frequent breakdowns. John Mukiibi, the chairperson Bukomansimbi Taxi Driver's Association says on average five vehicles breakdown each day on the road.
 
 Mukiibi is also excited about the road works saying it will cut down their costs once the construct work is completed. Viola Namuli, a trader in Bukomansimbi town council says she stopped selling soft drinks because of dust from the road. 

She hopes to resume her business once the road works are completed.
 
 
 
 

 

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Edward Bindhe
Bindhe prides himself on being a part of the society he writes about. He believes there is no way a journalist can understand his society unless it considers him a part of it. This is why he is dedicated to investigating the challenges of the "little person."

Bindhe says, "My work reflects the Uganda Radio Network unique approach to news." Not many Ugandan journalists would consider or even notice the re-emergence of Water Hyacinth on a lake. Bindhe does.

Truant children will attract Bindhe's attention until he gets to the bottom of their truancy: poverty and the need to work to earn bread for their families. These are the kinds of stories Bindhe is often after.

Edward Bindhe is the Masaka URN bureau chief. Rakai, Lwengo, Lyantonde, Kalangala, Mpigi, Kalungu, Bukomansimbi and Sembabule districts fall under his docket. He has been a URN staff member since 2009.

A Mass Communication graduate from Uganda Christian University, Bindhe started practising journalism in 2008 as a reporter for Radio Buddu in Masaka district.

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