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Residents Protest Against Poor State of Kibimba Road :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Residents Protest Against Poor State of Kibimba Road

Residents have to rely on casual laborers to carry them across the flooded sections of the road, resulting in increased transport costs and disruptions to daily life. The impact of the flooding extends beyond transportation, affecting businesses and access to essential services.
Residents ferrying the goods in one of the dangerous points of the road.
The residents of Buluguyi sub-county and Naluwerere trading center in Bugiri district are facing severe challenges due to repeated flooding at Kibimba swamp, which has disrupted transportation and economic activities in the area. They are calling on the government to urgently address the situation. The flooding, which has occurred over the past two years, has submerged parts of the road connecting the area to the Bugiri-Busia highway, making travel difficult and dangerous. 

Residents have to rely on casual laborers to carry them across the flooded sections of the road, resulting in increased transport costs and disruptions to daily life. The impact of the flooding extends beyond transportation, affecting businesses and access to essential services. Retailers like Lovisa Namuluta are unable to stock essential items like sugar, soap, and salt, due to difficulties in transporting goods to their shops. 

"I have daily customers and I could be stocking about 600kgs of sugar monthly, coupled with other essential items, but due to the poor state of this road, I can hardly get a motorcycle or distributor, willing to ferry these goods to my shop, which I believe is underscoring my ability to trade favorably," she said. In addition to economic challenges, residents also face health and safety risks. Individuals like Sarah Namulondo, who suffer from health conditions like asthma, struggle to access medical care due to the flooded road. 

"The asthmatic attacks have been intense on my side and I make about two hospital visits every week where these journeys cost me about 30,000 Shillings. This money is straining my household as we are small-scale farmers and all the savings earned from last season's rice harvests have been spent on transport costs," she says. There have also been reports of accidents and criminal activity in the area, further exacerbating the situation. 

The Bugiri district LC V chairperson, Mathias Mulumba, acknowledges the severity of the problem but cites a lack of resources to address it. The district lacks the necessary funds to repair the road and culverts damaged by the flooding. Mulumba suggests that they will seek assistance from the Ministry of Works to undertake the necessary repairs, which are estimated to cost around One Billion Shillings.

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