UNRA On the Spot over Poor State of Roads

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The leaders argued that UNRA has totally failed to meet its obligations of maintaining a number of roads in the districts, which has affected service delivery.

Uganda National Roads Authorities-UNRA has come under criticism from leaders in the Rwenzori over the poor state of roads in the region. 

Leaders argued that UNRA has totally failed to meet its obligations of maintaining a number of roads in the districts, which has affected service delivery.

The Kyenjojo District LC V Chairperson, William Kaija said the road from Katooke to Rugombe, which is mostly used by farmers in to transport their agricultural products, has not been maintained for the past five years.

He says that the bad state of the road recently sparked a protest by residents who accused the district leadership of neglect.

Margaret Muhanga, the Burahya County Member of Parliament says that she has several times informed UNRA about the poor state of the Fort-Portal- Saaka road, Kijura-Sogahi road and Canon Apollo road in vain. 

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Kihika, the Deputy LC V Kabarole district says that the district lacks funds to maintain some of the roads. She cites the Karago - Rubona road which she said is in a bad state.

John Kisoke, the Kyegegwa District LC V Chairperson, says that UNRA has for the four years failed to work on the Kyegegwa -Kamwenge road, one of the major roads in the district.

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However, Allan Ssempebwa Kyobe, the Public Relation Officer UNRA said that he is not aware about the poor state of the roads. He however says that he will inform the respective offices about the matter.

Last year, Kabarole district leaders petitioned the President over the poor state of the Kijura road in Hakibale Sub County. Hakibale is home to four major tea factories. They are Toro-Kahuna, Rusekere, Kahangi and Kijura Tea Factory. Despite the presence of tea factories, which are a major source of revenue to the sub-county, the poor state of the Kijura road remains a major hindrance to development.

The 30-kilometer road stretching from the Hakibale Bridge in Fort Portal municipality to Kyaitamba trading centre in Kijura parish has many potholes and lacks a proper drainage system. When it rains, the road gets flooded and becomes impassable.

 

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Christopher Tusiime
Christopher Tusiime is the URN Bureau Chief in Tooro. Districts of Kyenjojo, Kamwenge, Kabarole, Ntoroko, Bunyangabu and Kyegegwa, Kitagwenda and Fort Portal Tourism City fall under his docket.

Before joining URN, Tusiime first worked at The Observer newspaper for close to four years as an education reporter.