Penninah Atweo, a resident of Agologolo Village in Bugondo Sub County says the condition of the road has affected their livelihoods as costs of transport have more than doubled. Atweo, who sells vegetables says that she spends 16,000 shillings on the transport alone instead of 4,000 she used to pay before the roads were submerged.
Farmers in Bugondo Sub County, Serere district are counting
losses as the condition of roads worsens due to the rising water levels from
Lake Kyoga. For more than two months now, parts of major roads in
Bugondo, Kadungulu, Labor and Pingire Sub Counties have been submerged,
affecting transport to various trading centers where vehicles access produce.
Bugondo, a boat has been improvised by the local community in the area to help
travelers cross from either side. This has affected farmers who harvested maize, sorghum,
simsim and other crops for sale since no vehicle can cross the submerged areas.
Paul Opio, a 63-year-old man practicing
modern farming in Opucet Bugondo says the poor state of roads in the area has worsened
the poverty levels among the communities. He explains that much as the rising water levels affected
yields this season, the little harvest from some of the communities is rotting
because vehicles are not able to access farmers.
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Penninah Atweo, a resident of Agologolo Village in Bugondo
Sub County says the condition of the road has affected their livelihoods as
costs of transport have more than doubled. Atweo, who sells vegetables says
that she spends 16,000 shillings on the transport alone instead of 4,000 she
used to pay before the roads were submerged.
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Joseph Erienyu, a hawker in Kasilo- Bugondo says he has
survived death from the submerged roads twice and appeals to government to
intervene in the matter. Erienyu says that the rising water levels has affected
his daily earnings since he has to meet costs of transport with the boat.
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Last month, leaders from Serere district including Members of
Parliament, threatened to demonstrate over the poor state of roads in the
district. They accused officials from Uganda National Roads Authority in Soroti
for ignoring earlier warnings and pleas to improve on the roads before Lake
Kyoga burst its banks.