Residents in Buyende district have complained about the poor state of roads within their area.
The residents say major roads linking them to the
neighboring districts of Kamuli and Kaliro have been submerged by water, blocking
traffic for now over six weeks.
The affected roads include the 68km Kamuli-Bukungu road and the 58km
Francis Wakaila, a resident of Nabigaga village located
along the Kamuli-Bukungu road says the bad road has brought about increase in
accidents and loss of lives.
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Joy Mukyala, a resident of Ndorwa village says that they
can no longer access health services in the neighboring district of Kamuli due
to deep ditches on the roads.
Mukyala adds that the ditches have harbored stagnant water and
motorists charge them highly.
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Julius Opio, another resident from Kidera sub county who has
mobilized a team of unemployed youth to physically carry passengers says
that they charge between 1000-1500 Shillings per person.
Opio however claims that due to increasing water levels,
most of his colleagues have pulled out of the business.
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However, Uganda National Roads Authority- UNRA’s Jinja
station manager, Dinah Nakombe says that the roads have been submerged at
different crossing sections due to increasing water levels in Lale Kyoga which has
spilled to the surrounding wetlands.
Nakombe stresses that the wetlands have failed to hold the
excess water volumes which have diverted to the major roads within the
district. She adds that thier engineers have been dispatched to fix the problem.