Traders Irked by Poor State of Kiyindi Road

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In short
The road leading to Gulama, Kiyindi and Najja from Nyenga trading centre, is in a sorry state despite its traffic volume and economic significance to fishing communities. Close to 100 heavy load truck use the road on a daily basis. In a similarly poor condition is the road to Buikwe via Najja to Kiyindi.

The poor state of Kiyindi road in Buikwe district has irked residents and road users.

The road leading to Gulama, Kiyindi and Najja from Nyenga trading centre, is in a sorry state despite its traffic volume and economic significance to fishing communities. Close to 100 heavy load truck use the road on a daily basis. In a similarly poor condition is the road to Buikwe via Najja to Kiyindi.

A 2013 report on the status of fishing communities in Buikwe district shows that commercial landings at the site are estimated at 4,631, 4,433 and 6000 tons per year for Mukene, Tilapia and Nile perch, respectively. The catch is transported to various destinations by hundreds of traders using these roads.

The roads are however full of block culverts, huge potholes and the drainage channels are silted with water flooding making it difficult for traffic to traverse the routes.  The other alternative routes to the place are by water through Gaba in Kampala, Mukono or landing sites in Masaka.

Steven Maka, a resident of Gulama village along Najja - Kiyindi road says that roads have been washed away by rain water rendering some parts in Gulama, Najja and Kiyindi impassable. As a result, traders are now struggling with extra costs of hiring casual laborers to offload and deliver merchandise to their shops, when the vehicles get trapped.
 
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George William Kisitu, a fish dealer at Kiyindi landing site faults the local governments for failing to utilize road maintenance unit equipment to make the roads passable.

Sulaiman Mbowa, the Chairman of Kiyindi landing site says traders are losing time and merchandise due to the poor state of the road.

But Buikwe district LCV Mathias Kigongo says the roads raising complaints are under central government.