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.
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
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.