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Kigezi Districts Stuck With Bad Roads After Suspension of 4th Quarter Release

Michael Kwarikunda Mbareeba, the Rukiga District Male Youth Councilor who is also a member of the District Works Committee, says they have been receiving Shillings 155 million per quarter to help them run the works department smoothly.
22 Jul 2020 17:19

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Districts in Kigezi sub region are stuck with bad roads following the suspension of the 4th quarter release under Uganda Road Fund. The money was channeled in form of emergency funding to fight the Covid-19 pandemic. 

As a result, districts in Kigezi region are struggling to renovate roads in sorry state. The state of the roads worsened because of landslides in Kabale, Rubanda and Kisoro.

In Rukiga district, some politicians are using the sorry state of the roads to decampaign their incumbent rivals. 

Michael Kwarikunda Mbareeba, the Rukiga District Male Youth Councilor who is also a member of the District Works Committee, says they have been receiving Shillings 155 million per quarter to help them run the works department smoothly.           

He however, says the district has since stopped road works because of the suspension of the 4th quarter release. 

Kwarikunda says even the vehicles attached to the works department are now rotting because of lack of funds to repair them.            

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Alexander Kampikaho, the Rukiga District LC 5 Chairperson, says they have also suspended road works due to lack of funding. 

He says their rivals have taken advantage of the prevailing condition to falsely accuse them of swindling money for the road works. 

Kampikaho says he is considering using his personal money to rehabilitate some of the roads in very bad shape so as to remain relevant to his voters.

 

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Patrick Besigye Keihwa, Kabale District LC 5 Chairperson, says the diversion of the road fund to Covid19 activities is a big blow to their works department as most of the roads needed renovation after being damaged by landslides.  

Keihwa says residents are finding it difficult to access markets and health facilities because of the sorry state of the roads.

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Abel Bizimana, the Kisoro District LC 5 chairperson, says they have dropped all the roads they had planned to work on due to lack of funds. 

He explains that although the Works Ministry tasked Uganda National Roads Authority to fix the bad spots in the district following the suspension of funding, nothing has happened.      

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Rose Kabagyenyi, the Kisoro District Woman MP says Kigezi being a hilly area; residents are facing difficulties to transport their produce from villages to markets in urban centers. 

She however says they have already had talks with the Works Ministry to present a supplementary budget to support the road fund.  

 

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