Ghost Road Gangs Irk Muhanga Town Council Residents

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Such groups are supposed to be working on the roads in Muhanga town council but according to the locals and leaders at lower levels, the road gangs are non-existent. The local’s haven now petitioned the district leadership for possible intervention.

Residents of Muhanga town council in Kabale District are accusing their council Engineer Norbert Nzungu of employing ghost road-gangs. The gangs are organized groups in charge of routine manual maintenance and rehabilitation of district and urban roads.

Such groups are supposed to be working on the roads in Muhanga town council but according to the locals and leaders at lower levels, the road gangs are non-existent. The local’s haven now petitioned the district leadership for possible intervention.
 
Josephine Twahirwa, a resident of Highland ward in Muhanga town council explains that although they received prior information that the town council had hired road-gangs to maintain and rehabilitate roads in the area, it is surprising that the same council is seeking help from residents for the same task.

Moses Babigumira, a resident of Bukinda trading center in Muhanga town council says that the authorities in the area have instead resorted to forcing locals to open the blocked drainage channels yet they are reliably informed that money was earmarked for the same.

Kabale Resident district Commissioner Darius Nandinda says that his office has received formal complaints from locals and that initial investigations indicate that indeed the road gangs are not in place yet still a lot of money had been spent on facilitating road-gangs.

Nandinda adds that the town council engineer has since failed to account for money spent on road-gangs.  He says that despite the presence of requisition forms, there is no document supporting approved expenditures.
 
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However, Nzungu the town council Engineer rubbished the claims saying that since locals have referred their concerns to the authorities, he will await the outcome of the process.

But the RDC Darius Nandinda says that he has found out that the town council Engineer is rarely in office and just arrives briefly at work before embarking on his personal business and that he faces arrest if there is incriminating evidence against him.

 

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Anthony Kushaba
For Anthony Kushaba, journalism is not just a job; it is a calling. Kushaba believes journalism is one of the few platforms where the views of the oppressed and margainalised can be heard. This is what his journalism aims to do: bring to light untold stories.

Kushaba is the Mbarara region URN bureau chief. Mitooma, Ntungamo, Bushenyi, Sheema, Isingiro, and Kiruhura districts fall under his docket. Kushaba has been a URN staff member since 2012.

Kushaba is a journalism graduate from Uganda Christian University Study Centre at Bishop Barham College in Kabale. Before joining URN, Kushaba worked with Voice of Kigezi (2008), Bushenyi FM (2010) and later on to Voice of Muhabura.

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