Mutanje said they were lacking jobs as taxi drivers but currently the Bududa- Kampala bound taxi has employed some of them adding that if they clear the debt and finish it, they are hopeful that they will buy another taxi to add on the one they have now.
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.
In 2017, over 150 teachers from Bududa district borrowed loans from Bududa Teachers Sacco at an interest of 8% per annum and a repayment period of two years. However, only 170 Million Shillings has been recovered from 100 teachers.
Tom Shibale, the Engineer Nangako Town Council, says that they expect to complete the project within two years. He says that they have received half of the amount expected to complete the work and expect to deliver the first phase of the project this month.
Peter Matanda, a tomato farmer, says that they have failed even to recoup the money they invested in producing the vegetables. They anticipate scarcity of vegetables in the near future since most of them would have made losses and abandoned the business.
Gideon Nate Israel, a caretaker, pump operator and farmer, says the irrigation scheme has improved their livelihoods since it started in 2018. He says that before the scheme started, he used to grow cabbages and tomatoes, which would fetch him less than Shillings 900,000 in a year, which had three seasons.
Michel Walandama a trader said he has always sold his bunches at a give away price because they are very cheap in the market. He said a bunch which is bought from the farmer at 10,000 is sold at 8000 in the market, something that is continuing to harden their business.
The implicated Boda boda riders are fined between Shillings 300,000 and 600,000 to recover and register their impounded motorcycles. According to URA, there is an estimated 2000 Kenyan registered motorcycles operating illegally in Busia town alone.
Abasa Watuwa, the Bubiita Sub-County LC III Chairperson, says the plants ran on generator power for four years, which became unsustainable. He says that they have applied for power from Umeme, which has taken long to come.
A hen that previously cost Shillings 20,000 now costs Shillings 30000. Emma Namondo, a resident says the prices of most of the essential food commodities have increased. According to Namondo, he didn’t expect the prices to increase given the time people have spent in the lockdown without making money.
Speaking to the leaders this afternoon shortly before the commissioning at Manafwa district headquarters, Museveni asked the roads users to desist from smuggling, saying that when goods are smuggled government does not get taxes to construct roads like the one he commissioned today.
Sam Wakoko the chairperson of the group says he has failed to mobilize members to pay 10,000 each as some of them are telling him they do not have anything to feed their families, forcing them to quit. He says this problem affects other groups as well.
Ritah Nafuna, another vendor told our reporter that she had sold 150 t-shirts at Shillings 10,000 each, something she said will help her cater for her family needs. She asked the government not to hound them but rather identify priority areas for the youths to make a decent living.
A sachet of 500grams of salt now costs between Shillings 1500-1800 from Shillings 800. A kilogram of sugar costs Shillings 5000 from Shillings 3200 while a bar of soap has increased by Shillings 500 depending on the brand.
Bilali Shilanga, a trader in Bushiyi Sub County, says the road has been in a sorry state for the past five years, adding that their pleas to their District authorities to rehabilitate the road seem to have fallen on deaf ear yet Bushiyi is one of the food baskets to several sub counties with in and out of the district.