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Increase of Heavy Trucks Along Matugga-Kapeeka Road Triggers Concern

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Moses Ssenfuma, the Kapeeka sub county LC III Chairperson, says Uganda National Roads Authority designed the road for light cars to ease the movement of agricultural produce to Kampala City.
File Photo; Officials of UNRA testing a mobile weighbridge at Luweero Weighbridge Station. UNRA say it is planning to put up a mobile weighbridge at Matugga-Kapeeka road to regulate loads on trucks

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The high number of heavy trucks plying Matugga-Kapeeka road in Nakaseke district has raised fear among leaders and residents of possible damage to the road. 

In 2010, the government with support from the Nordic Development Fund upgraded Matugga-Kapeeka road from gravel to bitumen at the tune of US$ 20 million. 

The 42-kilometre Matugga-Kapeeka road stretch, which is the only tarmac road in Nakaseke, connects the district to Kampala City. Because of the good condition of the road, heavy trucks use it to connect to and from the city. 

Moses Ssenfuma, the Kapeeka sub county LC III Chairperson, says Uganda National Roads Authority designed the road for light cars to ease the movement of agricultural produce to Kampala City.

He, however, says the road has attracted heavy trucks transporting raw materials and finished products following the establishment of Namunkekera Rural Industrial Center in Kapeeka trading centre.

Ssenfuma says an estimated 70 trucks play the route each day, which has triggered fears of possible damage.    He also says the road is narrow, which has led to several accidents as trucks fail to bypass each other and end up crashing into anthills.

Nayebare Kyamuzigita, the Nakaseke Resident District Commissioner has brought the matter to the attention of UNRA. 

He says the road is at the verge of destruction because of the heavy trucks, which calls for the introduction of a weigh bridge to check on the weight of the trucks.

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Luttamaguzi Ssemakula, the Nakaseke South Member of Parliament, says there is a need to upgrade the road to accommodate the high volume of trucks to cater for the industrial centre.

He also wants UNRA to tarmac Kisule-Nakaseke-Kapeeka road to minimize traffic on Matugga-Kapeeka road.

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Major Tabaro Kiconco, the Spokesperson of Operation Wealth Creation and an aide to General Salim Saleh, the Chairperson of Namunkekera Rural Industrial Centre hasn’t commented as he couldn’t be reached by our reporter.

But Engineer Moses Nyakaana, the UNRA Luweero Station Manager, says he is aware of the problem, saying plans are underway to address it. He says they are planning to introduce a mobile weighbridge on the road to ensure the trucks comply with the permissible load.

Nyakaana added that they are also paving Namunkekera Industrial Center access road to improve the transportation of goods to the centre.

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According to the UNRA status report on roads, only 14.3 kilometres of the roads in Nakaseke are paved while 289.4 kilometres are unpaved.