Many of the roads in the area have become impassable following floods that devastated the area in recent months. They include, among others, the Lumbugu-Buyamba-Lwamaggwa road, which connects to Lyantonde district which was ruined by the floods from Lake Kijjanebarola.
Angry residents of Bulongo, Kayayumbe, Kirundamarigga
villages in Lwanda sub-county in Ddwaniro
sub-county, Rakai District have staged a protest over the poor state of major roads in the area.
Many of the roads in the area have become impassable following floods that devastated the area in recent months. They include, among others, the Lumbugu-Buyamba-Lwamaggwa road, which connects
to Lyantonde district which was ruined by the floods from Lake Kijjanebarola.
The protestors are blaming Robert Benon Mugabi, the Rakai District
Chairperson and other leaders for failing to repair the devastated sections especially
at Kirundamarigga and Byoolo as well as several impassable feeder roads in Bulongo,
Kayayumbe and Nsozibbiri.
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On Sunday, Mugabi who was heading to his home in Lwamaggwa, could not
pass the Kirundamarigga spot on the main road, one of the devastated sections on the road, and decided to branch off and
take the Bulongo route in order to connect to Buyamba trading centre and then proceed
to Lwamagwa. This is the only shortcut the motorists are using currently
to reach Lumbugu and Buyamba.
But as soon as his car was spotted, residents blocked his access with logs and asked him to use the main road
which he reportedly failed to repair. His pleas with the protestors were
ignored as they insisted that he drives back.
Joseph Kaggwa, one of the residents asked Mugabi to contribute at least 5,000 to boost the morale of residents who are fixing the potholes and impassable areas, but Mugabi declined and instead tried to forcibly remove
the barricades before he was roughed up by a group of angry youths.
His bodyguard could not save the situation as crowds kept on swelling and became more disruptive. A few minutes later, Mugabi paid 50,000 to
appreciate their effort.
Buyamba County MP Amos Mandela explains that the persistent downpour
interfered with plans to gravel the Lumbugu-Buyamba-Lwamaggwa
He adds that the road was last worked on in 2012 and there
has not been major repairs or upgrade since. He noted that the construction
works will when the floods in certain areas reduce.
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But Mandela is optimistic that the problem will soon be resolved after the authorities procure a contractor under a new framework contract.
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Jafari Ismael Mubiru, the Ddwaniro sub-county Councilor, said that the poor state of roads has affected service delivery and greatly affected people’s livelihood, especially
during the lockdown. At
Kaluwunge, the culverts were washed away by the floods which cut off
the access to Kaleere Health Centre II and other communities.