Bilali Shilanga, a trader in Bushiyi Sub County, says the road has been in a sorry state for the past five years, adding that their pleas to their District authorities to rehabilitate the road seem to have fallen on deaf ear yet Bushiyi is one of the food baskets to several sub counties with in and out of the district.
Business is paralysed in
Bududa District because of the appalling state of roads leading to most trading
centers and markets. Traders say they are counting losses due to exorbitant transport costs because
of poor roads in the district.
Bududa is one of the
districts that received road equipment from the Transport and Works Ministry to
improve their road network. The equipment includes Water Bowzer, Wheel loader, Grader
Bududa district has 57
roads covering a distance of 227kms.
However, both traders and residents, say most
of the roads are in appalling condition, which affects the transportation of
their goods and agricultural produce to markets. The most affected
include Bunamubi - Bushiyi road connecting to Bushibuya trading center, Kuushu-
Nyende road leading to Nyende trading center, Shilayi-Bundesi road leading to
Bundesi Sub county and trading center, Bumayoka Bufuma road leading to Bufuma
health center III and Bulatse trading centre among others.
Bilali Shilanga, a
trader in Bushiyi Sub County, says the road has been in a sorry state for the
past five years, adding that their pleas to their District authorities to
rehabilitate the road seem to have fallen on deaf ear yet Bushiyi is one of the
food baskets to several sub counties with in and out of the district.
they are forced to increase the prices of their commodities to meet their
transport costs. Mumalo Wakoli, a vegetable
dealer and Malekha village LC I Chairperson in Bushika Sub County, says they
move through very poor roads to buy and sell merchandise.
He appeals to
government to rehabilitate Bushika-Namatyale road so that they can also trade
effectively and access health services as well.
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Annet Namono, a trader
in Bunamubi trading center, says the poor roadwork has taken a huge toll on
their businesses, saying customers are shunning their goods because of hiked
prices. Fred Wambewo, a driver
plying the Mbale-Bududa route, says most roads in the district need to be
rehabilitated to make them motorable.
He said initially it used to take them 40
minutes to drive from Mbale to Bududa but it now take about 2 hours because of
the poor roads. Samue Shimali, the Bunabutiti
village LC I Chairperson, says on top of paralyzing business, the appalling roads
force them to carry patients and expectant mothers to hospital because vehicles
and motorcycles can no longer reach in their area.
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John Kibenya, Busiriwa
sub county LC III Chairperson, says Bududa is a the food basket for several
districts in the country since it
produces crops such as bananas, cabbage, onions, maize, irish potatoes and
beans among others.
Issa Bukoma, the Bududa
District Engineer has called for calm from residents, saying as a district
there are works that the general public should appreciate as far as road
maintenance and rehabilitation is concerned.
He says the district receive
limited funds forcing them to work on only 145.6km of the 227km that the
residents to dig contour bands and terraces to collect some of the runoff water
that affects the roads, saying this will allow the roads to last longer.
Bululu, the Bududa District Vice Chairperson, acknowledges the challenge of
poor roads, which he blames on limited funding. He asks residents to protect
their roads before government comes to help them.