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Bunyangabu Residents Decry Poor State of Roads

Scovia Masika, a resident of Katebwa Sub County, says that during the rainy season, they find it hard to access health care services due to the poor state of the road that connects to Kisomoro Health Centre III. The road is characterized by potholes, gullies, and slipperiness which makes it hard for motorists to use.
13 Jun 2020 16:03
Most roads in the district are characterised by gullies and potholes.

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Residents in Bunyangabu are protesting the poor state of major roads in the district.  

Bunyangabu District Local Government oversees 237.9kilometres of roads across the district.

But residents say that most of these roads are in a very bad state and almost impassable. They include Nyamiseke-Mahoma road in Kiyombya Sub County, Rwagimba-Bukara road that measures 11.6 kilometres and is found Kabonero Sub County, and Kisomoro-Kateebwa road connecting Kisomoro and Katebwa sub-counties.   

The others are Buhesi-Kasura-Nyamiseke- Mahoma road connecting Buhesi Town Council, Kiyombya Sub County and Burahya County in the neighbouring Kabarole district.  

Scovia Masika, a resident of Katebwa Sub County, says that during the rainy season, they find it hard to access health care services due to the poor state of the road that connects to Kisomoro Health Centre III. The road is characterized by potholes, gullies which makes it hard for motorists to use.  

//Cue in: “Obwokuba nogenda…

Cue out… nuwe akaba nagivuga.”//  

Jane Asiimwe, a resident of Kisomoro I village in Kisomoro Sub-county, says that the road linking Kisomoro and Katebwa Sub counties has developed gullies and narrowed down, forcing Boda Boda riders and pedestrians to compete for the little available small space thereby putting their lives at risk.   

//Cue in “Orugudo runu…

Cue out… Kisomoro gusisikairekwo.”//  

Joseph Mutegeki, a resident of Kiyombya Sub County accuses contractors of applying substandard murram and failure to put enough culverts, thus causing the frequent breakdown of the roads in the district.  

//Cue in: “Ekizibu kyorugudo oru

Cue out… obunkurora nubwo obu.”//   

The Kiyombya Sub County district councillor, Christopher Musinguzi, says that as local leaders they have been trying their best to push for better roads but their efforts are yet to pay off.   

He adds that even the road gangs that used to do routine maintenance stopped working over non-payment of salaries.   

//Cue in “Omu halibo ni…

Cue out… na saha zinu tibakazibahaga.”//

The Bunyangabu District roads engineer, Wilson Mutegeki says that they are doing their best to rectify the problem which he says has been caused by frequent break down of the road unit equipment. 

Mutegeki explains that this financial year, the district received 740 million Shillings which was divided among 13 administrative units that include 5 Town councils, 7 Sub Counties and the district.   

Out of the received funds, the district received 267 million Shillings to carry out routine and mechanized maintenance of all district roads, an amount he says was too little to ensure quality work.   

He adds that they were forced to halt works on some roads like Lyengumba – Nyakisi due to limited resources.