State of Old Kabale Road Irks Residents

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The three kilometer stretch between Kabanyonyi in Kyanamira Sub County and Maziba is now impassable barely a month after the works. Its murram was washed away by flooding waters forming heaps of mud and opening potholes that were previously covered during the road works.

The poor state of old Kabale road in Kabale Municipality continues to irk traders and communities in the Sub Counties of Kaharo, Maziba, Buhara and Kyanamira whose livelihoods depend on it.

The 47 kilometer road connects the sub counties to the main Mbarara - Kabale road. Uganda National Roads Authority - UNRA undertook spot surfacing of the road in December 2015 shortly before a visit by President Yoweri Museveni to the area. President Museveni held campaigns in Kabale on January 5th, 2016.

However, the three kilometer stretch between Kabanyonyi in Kyanamira Sub County and Maziba is now impassable barely a month after the works.  Its murram was washed away by flooding waters forming heaps of mud and opening potholes that were previously covered during the road works.

The road has since become slippery and affected the movement of people and transportation of produce to Kabale town and other neighboring towns. Several traders use the road to transport goods to neighboring Rwanda.

Road users told Uganda Radio Network that UNRA workers used loamy soil instead of murram to fill potholes in the road. Loamy soil is often soft and soaks more water which makes it inadequate for creating a foundation base for building strong feeder roads.

Nelson Bugeiga, a resident of Kahondo parish in Maziba Sub County says the number of buyers from his pineapple farm has gradually declined since the state of the road deteriorated. He adds that this has also reduced the farm price for pineapples from between 800-1000 Shillings to between 300-500 Shillings.

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Goretti Muhimbise, another resident from Kabanyonyi in Buhara Sub County demands that Uganda National Roads Authority excavates the black loamy soils in order to ease access.
 
Ndorwa County East Member of Parliament Wilfred Niwagaba says that the state of the road is outright robbery to the citizens which should not be tolerated. He says that the leadership of Maziba Sub County offered to provide free good quality murram but the offer was declined by Uganda National Roads Authority. 

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Boaz Kazibwe, the UNRA acting Manager for Kabale Branch says the problem will be rectified so that the flow of traffic can resume. He blames the condition on heavy rains that hit the district.

This is not the first time that the UNRA is on the spot over the same road which has been in a sorry state since 2009. 

In early 2015, UNRA embarked the rehabilitation of the road but abandoned the work at Kabanyonyi trading Centre after its equipment broke down.
 
 

 

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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.