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Lack of Equipment Hinders Road Maintenance in Fort Portal

According to the Town Clerk, Deo Ndimo, the municipality has only one grader which is in a poor mechanical state and can no longer serve its intended purpose. He says that as a result, a number of roads remain in a poor state and are left with no option other than wait for government intervention.
Vehicle being pulled from the muddy MT road after it got stuck.

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Lack of road equipment is hindering the routine maintenance of roads in Fort Portal municipality.

According to the Town Clerk, Deo Ndimo, the municipality has only one grader which is in a poor mechanical state and can no longer serve its intended purpose. He says that as a result, a number of roads remain in a poor state and are left with no option other than wait for government intervention.

Some of the roads that have not been maintained for the past four years include Kahungabunyonyi road, MT road that connects Kasese and Bundibugyo roads; Kahungabunyonyi to Kabundaire market road, Nyakaseke road and Kasoro road among others.

The roads have developed deep galleys caused by running water, are slippery and their surfaces were covered with loam soil instead of gravel.

Residents who use these roads say that they become impassable during the rainy seasons, adding that this has forced them to opt for alternative routes that are time-consuming and costly in terms of transport.

Joel Murungi, a resident of South Division in Fort Portal, blames the town's leadership for failing to use the available funds.

“This MT road has been like this for four years. Can the leaders really convince us that they have for all this time failed to raise money to hire graders and repair this road? I'm thinking they misuse even the little that they collect,” Murungi says.

Ndimo notes that for the municipal road network to be properly maintained, they need at least an excavator, a grader, a bulldozer a wheel loader, a water bowser and dump trucks, which can only be supplied by the government.

He explains that the funds from the government are inadequate while the local revenue collected is insufficient to maintain roads.

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In the last financial year, Fort Portal Municipal council received over 1 billion shillings from Uganda Road Fund –URF for road maintenance. However, the money has since never been accounted for.

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