The Mayor Fort Portal Municipality, Rev Willy Kintu Muhanda, says they are aware of the state of roads but are constrained by lack of funds and road equipment. He discloses that they currently have only one grader which is also too old and keeps breaking down.
Residents of Fort Portal are protesting the poor state of
roads in the area.
The roads have developed deep galleys, large potholes filled with stagnant
water, are slippery and others have broken culverts.
The most affected roads include Maguru – Itara road that measures about 0.7 kilometres.
It connects Fort Portal – Kamwenge road and Fort Portal- Kasese road.
Culverts along the road broke down about two weeks ago, and this
has forced water to flood in the road and make it impossible for pedestrians to
Currently, some Boda Boda cyclists have turned the damaged part of the road
into a washing bay.
Rogers Musinguzi, a resident of the area, blames the municipality leadership
for the poor state of the road, saying they have failed to act.
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Kasande Richard, a Boda Boda cyclist, adds that the road was a shortcut from
Harubaho in East Division Fort Portal to Kacwamba and other areas in the town.
He now says that with the terrible state of the road, most of the customers are
avoiding it and opting for other longer routes thereby denying them
The other affected road starts from Buhinga playground to the Kabarole District
headquarters in East Division Fort Portal. The spot adjacent to the playground
has been affected by the overflow from River Mpanga making it so slippery and
flooded with stagnant water. The remaining part of the road is characterized by
deep galleys, potholes and narrowness.
Last week, Boda Boda riders protested by blocking the road with tree branches,
saying it didn’t deserve to be open for traffic. However, police quickly
intervened, removed the tree branches, and called for calmness.
Another road in an appalling state is the Kacwamba – Kinyamasika – Harubaho.
Culverts along the road have since cracked, creating deep trenches
across some spots of the road.
Rose Kansiime, a resident of Harubaho says transport along the road to and from
Kacwamba has since increased from 2,000 shillings to 3,000 shillings. She calls
upon the leaders to work on the road to avoid looming accidents.
The Mayor Fort Portal Municipality, Rev Willy Kintu Muhanda, says they are
aware of the state of roads but are constrained by lack of funds and road
equipment. He discloses that they currently have only one grader which is also
too old and keeps breaking down.
However, he says that there are plans to make emergency repairs on the most