Mbarara District Under Pressure to Fix Impassable Roads

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Jimmy Tumwikirize, a resident of Ndeija Sub County, says it is unfortunate that even the road connecting Ndeija sub county to Mbarara - Ntungamo road is also in very bad shape.

Mbarara district local government has come under fire from residents for alleged failure to fix feeder roads. 

The state of the feeder roads has worsened following the onset of heavy rains.

Some of the roads have developed gullies and become unmotorable. The most affected roads are found in Rwampara and county and others in Kashari.
 

Jimmy Tumwikirize, a resident of Ndeija Sub County, says it is unfortunate that even the road connecting Ndeija sub county to Mbarara - Ntungamo road is also in very bad shape.  The other road in bad shape is Nyakaguruka-Ihunga-Kabutare, which connects Rugando and Ndeija sub-counties.
 
The road is mainly used by residents to transport Pineapples, Banana and Cassava to the market.
 
 
 
Florence Babigumira, a business woman says they find it hard to transport their produce to the market because boda boda riders and trucks hike fares whenever it rains.

 
Capt. Bamuturaki Tumusiime, the Mbarara LC V Chairperson, is optimistic that the state of roads will improve following the acquisition of road equipment from the central government.
 
He says they intend to share the equipment with other districts and the Works Ministry, to ensure the roads are in good shape.
 
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Bamuturaki also urges residents to embrace community work such as addressing small defects on the roads in their respective areas. He says left unattended too, the small defects gradually turn into a major problem.

 

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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.

Kushaba's journalism interests centre on conflict, peace and electoral reporting. Kushaba occasionally writes on tourism, health, religion and education. He describes himself as highly driven and will pursue a tip until it yields a story.