The 43-kilometre stretch connects Kaliro to Kamuli district and is a key route for the transportation of agricultural produce. But according to residents, the road is increasingly becoming impassable as its tarmac shades off, amidst gazing potholes and a poor drainage system which has made it prone to accidents.
The weed was first seen on Uganda's water bodies in 2013, according to data at the National Fisheries Resources Research Institute and has since spread to cover parts of Lake Kyoga and Albert. According to water and fisheries experts, the giant Salvinia Molesta is worse than the water hyacinth.
Martin Mbiro, a resident of Iwungilo village in Namutumba district commended government for giving him food. Mbiro told URN that his family has been surviving on supper alone and mangoes for the rest of the day.