Fred Wambewo, a driver on the Mbale-Bududa route, says that 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 takes more than 2 hours because of poor roads.
Manafwa - Bududa Road
Business is paralysed in
Bududa District because of the sorry state of roads connecting to most trading
centers and markets. Traders, drivers and
Boda boda riders, say that they are incurring exorbitant transport costs because of poor roads in the district.
The most affected roads include Bunamubi - Bushiyi road that connects 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.
Milton Wetete, a trader in Bushiyi Sub County,
says the road has been in a sorry state for the past 10 years, adding that
their pleas to district authorities to rehabilitate the road seem to have fallen on deaf
ears yet Bushiyi is the food basket for several sub-counties within and out of the district.
He says they are forced to increase the prices of
their commodities to cover their transport costs. Wilson Wekoye, the LC I Chairperson of Bukole village in Bubiita
Sub County, says that they
move through very poor roads to buy and sell merchandise.
He appeals to the government to rehabilitate Bubiita-Bukalasi
road so that they can also trade effectively and access health services. Emma Namondo, a trader in Bumusi trading center, says that the poor roadwork has taken a huge toll on
their businesses as customers
are shunning their merchandise because of hiked prices resulting from the heavy transport costs.
Fred Wambewo, a driver on the Mbale-Bududa route, says that 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 takes more than 2
hours because of poor roads.
Israel Wakoko, the Shilayi village LC I Chairperson in Bundesi sub-county says that on top of paralysing business, the appalling
roads forces them to carry patients and expectant mothers
to the hospital because vehicles and motorcycles can no longer reach their area when it rains.
Simon Wetete, the Bubungi Village LC I Chairperson says that Bududa is 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, there are works that the general public should appreciate as far as road
maintenance and rehabilitation is concerned. He says the district
receives limited funds forcing them to work on only
145.6km of the 227km under the district.
Bukoma added that most of
their graders have worn out tyres but they are working hard to replace them to work on the roads. Milton Kamoti Wasunguyi, the Bududa District LC V Chairperson acknowledges the challenge of poor
roads, which he blames on limited funding from the Central government.
He asks residents to remain calm, saying
they are doing everything possible to fix the roads. 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 Bowser, Wheel loader,
Grader and compactor, which
are grounded due to worn-out tyres.
Bududa district has 57 roads covering a distance of 227kms.