Yonasi Kithola, the Kithoulu Sub County LC V Councilor, says the district has severally spoken about the economic impact of the poor road network on the area. He says today only a few farmers can afford the high transport costs to deliver their produce to markets in Bwera and Kasese town.
Samuel Kule Tamwanzire says that candidates should clearly state how they will fix the road network in the sub-county. He says that the Rugendabara to Kasangali and Kamwani to Mbata roads are impassable for farmers and traders.
The SMS platform, launched in 2014 by Kyenjojo Integrated Initiative and Kyaka Association for CBOs, was designed to enable citizens in Kyenjojo and Kyegegwa districts relate with their elected leaders through communication.
In 2014, the area was curved out of Hapunyo Sub County, following a resolution by the district council. Councilors who pushed for the creation of the administrative unit argued that the split would take services closer to the people.
Bernard Tugume, a resident of Karugutu town council, Ntoroko district wants the district leadership to explain why the money was not utilized. He describes the development as bad news for a district with poor roads and limited classrooms in most primary schools.
Nathan Musinguzi, the Ntoroko District Health Officer, says there was hope that more expectant mothers would access facilities for antenatal and delivery, which has not been the case. He explains that the 50 tricycle ambulances that were donated under the project broke down due to the bad road network.
David Asiimwe, the Program Officer Ntoroko Concerned Citizens, a local Nongovernmental organisation, says the inadequate provision for the education sector will affect performance of schools in national examinations. Asiimwe explains that children are being taught in dilapidated classrooms and trees.
Following the tragedy, private boat owners would charge over 5000 Shillings to transport a person across the river, a rate which left several residents stranded on a daily basis. Business was equally paralyzed as the districts of Pader, Agago, and Lamwo remained cut off.
Francis Mugisa, a resident of Mpara Sub County says that the elected leaders promised to lobby the central government to improve the roads in the districts, but the roads remain in a poor state to date. He adds that residents face difficulty to access health facilities, markets and schools.
Moses Ikagobya, the Kabarole district secretary for works says that construction will resume when the rains settle. According to Ikagobya, the district has lost millions of shillings in repairing roads and bridges that were destroyed weeks or months after construction.
The Minister for Works and Transport Abraham Byandala has apologized to users of the Kafu-Gulu road stating that mistakes in the procurement process have caused more delays in the construction process.
According to Museveni, the success stories from the parish would then be replicated in other parts of the country as a means to eradicate poverty. However, since 2011, none of the pledges have been fulfilled, which has angered the residents.
The rainy season is hell on earth for travellers who have to travel through the Karamoja region of Uganda. With many roads still neglected, travellers are often stuck on the road for days. A traveller from Moroto to Kampala considers it a good journey if they are in the city in three days during the peak of the rain season.