Mayuge Voters Using Campaigns to Push for Better Roads

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A case in point is the 33 kilometer stretch from Bwondha-Busuyi-Mayuge-Iganga in Kigandaalo Sub County, Mayuge district. The road is mainly used by fish and sugarcane traders to transport produce to urban centers.

The poor condition of roads is dominating political campaigns in Mayuge district.

A case in point is the 33 kilometer stretch from Bwondha-Busuyi-Mayuge-Iganga in Kigandaalo Sub County, Mayuge district. The road is mainly used by fish and sugarcane traders to transport produce to urban centers.

It has however become increasingly impassable due to portholes and lack of a proper drainage system which keeps the road flooded after rains. Transport costs have more than doubled as some traders opt to use water transport to ferry their merchandise to different markets in Iganga, Mayuge and Busia districts.

Area resident Steven Gulaale says all culverts on the stretch have been damaged, while the rains heavily swept off part of the road creating ditches and galleys as deep as 7-10 inches.

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Similarly, Brian Tilukya, a resident of Buwaaya village says the poor road network has increased the cost of doing business in the area.
 
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Now voters in Kigandaalo Sub County are using the campaign period to put leaders to task to commit to the construction of the road.  During a campaign rally by Omar Duktoor Bongo, the incumbent LCV Chairman for Mayuge district, voters held placards reminding him of previous pledges on road construction across the district.

John Olwiita, a trader in Kigandaalo trading centre says that in 2011, Bongo pledged that the road will be improved before the next elections in vain. Olwiita says that traders in Kigandaalo trading centre have written several letters to the leaders informing them of the bad road, but there has not been any response.

Omar Duktoor Bongo, says the district has communicated to Uganda National Roads Authority - UNRA on the poor state of national roads in Mayuge district which has promised to work on them.