Sorry State of Kisiizi-Nyakishenyi Road Angers Residents

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The road is impassable due to many potholes and clogged drainage. Motorists stopped using the road to and from Nyakishenyi last year when Karukonjo Bridge was swept away by running waters.

The sorry state of the Kisiizi-Nyakishenyi road in Rubabo County Rukungiri district has angered residents. The 25-kilometer road connects Nyakishenyi Sub County to Kisiizi health center III, Kisiizi hospital, Kisiizi town board in Nyarushanje Sub County.

However, the road is impassable due to many potholes and clogged drainage. Motorists stopped using the road to and from Nyakishenyi last year when Karukonjo Bridge was swept away by floods.

Scovia Kyomukama, a resident of Rwengongo village, says that due to the state of the road, they are forced to carry patients on stretchers while rushing them to Kisiizi health Centre III and Kisiizi hospital.

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Sebestiano Byebiroha, the Rwengongo LC1 chairperson in Kisiizi parish, says that none of their district leaders seem to show concern over the road, despite their repeated appeals. He explains that farmers have stopped transporting agricultural products to markets.

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Swaib Lamanzan Kyarimpa, a boda-boda cyclist at Kisiizi Upper State says that the sorry state of the road and the collapse of Karukonjo Bridge have crippled business. Kyarimpa says that even other alternative roads to Nyakishenyi are in a sorry state.

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Andrewson Kateebire, the LCV Chairperson Rukungiri says that they are mobilizing funds to make sure that the road is worked on soon. He, however, did not specify the period when the works will commence.

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Samuel Amanya
Samuel Amanya is the Kigezi Region URN bureau chief. Kabale, Kisoro, Kanungu and Rukungiri districts fall under his docket. Samuel Amanya has been a Uganda Radio Network reporter since August 2016. Before becoming a URN staff reporter, Amanya had written for the network for several years as a freelancer.


Amanya was also a Voice of Kigezi reporter from 2011 to 2016.


A journalism graduate from African College of Commerce Kabale, Amanya values his independence. Amanya says URN is a home for his talent because it lets him explore his journalistic interests without limits.

Amanya is fascinated by the crime beat and some of his best stories have come out of that interest. Amanya says he aims to be all round beat reporter.