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RESIDENTS, LOCAL LEADERS PROTEST POOR ROAD NETWORK

By Our Reporter

RUBANDA: Residents and Local Leaders of Nyamweru Sub County in Rubanda East constituency- Rubanda district on Wednesday protested the poor state of the roads in the area.

Residents led by Nyamweru Sub County councillors decided to engage in community work to rehabilitate a 25-kilometre Bugongi- Bigungiro- Kakyenaga- Nyamweru- Batambi road that was washed away by heavy downpour early this month.

The road which connects the districts of Kabale, Rukiga and Rubanda was destroyed by heavy rainfall that eroded mudslides composed of heavy stones.

Residents say that poor transport in the area has irked transportation of agricultural produce to market centres and access to health centres in the area.

The head teacher of Buzaniro primary school, God Kezironi says the road has spent three years without being rehabilitated adding that when it rains, mudslides cut it off hence affecting transport in the area.

Ziine Alex the chairman LC1 Kagorogoro village in Kakyenaga parish says that they have several times decried the poor state of the roads in the area but nothing has been done.

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Oliva Arineitwe, LC5 Woman Councilor for Nyamweru Subcounty says that heavy rains in the area destroyed food crops, houses, caused mudslides with heavy stones from the mountains which have hampered transport in the area.

She revealed that as area leaders, they reported the matter to the district officials but nothing has been done as an emergency and they on Monday hoped for a response during the district council meeting but all was in vain.

Owoyesiga Dan Isiah, male councilor for Nyamweru sub county called for urgent rescue from the relevant leaders and government.

Alex Nkwatsibwe, the LC3 Chairman for Nyamweru subcounty said that the area no longer has access to health facilities and he is worried about what to do in case of any emergency especially with patients that are in need of health services.

Rubanda District Chairman Steven Ampeire Kasyaba told our reporter that the district is aware of the matter and that they are trying to seek for an emergency fund from the office of the prime minister to handle it.

He added that they are trying to slash the budget and allocate emergency fund to help in rehabilitation of the said road.

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