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Fort portal Residents Protest Over Dusty Road

Robert Mutunzi, one of the residents involved in consultancy work along Ruhandika Street, says the road has become dusty since the tarmac was removed four months ago thereby affecting their businesses.
Tyres burning on Ruhandika Street Fort Portal City

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Residents of Baazar ward in Fort portal Tourism City in Kabarole district have staged a demonstration protesting the heavy dust resulting from the ongoing works on Ruhandika and Kaboyo streets.  

The angry residents blocked the road on Tuesday afternoon using boulders, culverts and old tyres, which they set ablaze accusing the contractor Rihon Construction Limited of failure to pour water on the road to reduce dust that ends up in their homes.  

The protest paralysed business and Traffic along Bwamba-Fort Portal Road at Ruhandika and Kaboyo streets. 

Robert Mutunzi, one of the residents involved in consultancy work along Ruhandika Street, says the road has become dusty since the tarmac was removed four months ago thereby affecting their businesses.

Mutunzi explains that the contractor promised to execute the works within three months but it is now five months and no work has started.  

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David Musinguzi, the Kabalore District Forum for Democratic Change-FDC General Secretary, who also operates an office along the Rihandika Street, says the heavy dust has taken a toll on their health as some people have contracted diseases like flue and cough.  

According to Musinguzi, their repeated pleas to the concerned the authorities for intervention have fallen on deaf ears.  

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Dr. Festo Magezi, the proprietor of Hospital Life Aid, says all their equipment is dysfunctional because of long exposure to dust. 

Dr. Magezi says they have written several letters to police, the office of the Mayor and Town clerk for intervention in vain.  

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Edison Bajenja from Uganda Revenue Authority says that some of their computers have broken down because of dust and urges the responsible authorities to ensure the road is watered to contain the damage. 

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The Fort portal city Town Clerk, Innocent Ahimbisibwe has not yet commented as he was away from office during the protest. 

Attempts by our reporter to reach him on phone didn’t yield result as his known mobile number wasn’t available.  

Police officers who rushed to disperse the protesters declined to comment on the matter. 

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