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Bunyangabu Residents Block Road Over Its Poor State

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Christopher Kyalimpa, one of the protesters blames the local leaders for shunning their responsibilities leading to poor service delivery. He says that they find a huge challenge to transport produce to the market because of the huge potholes on the road
Residents of Kiboota Ward in Buhesi Town Council say the poor state of thier road is hampering thier businesses

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Residents of Kiboota Ward in Buhesi Town Council in Bunyangabu District have staged a demonstration protesting the poor state of Kiboota – Mitandi – Mabaale road.     

They dug up holes and trenches and planted crops such as bananas, pineapples in the middle of the road on Wednesday to block traffic from using it.  By Wednesday evening motorists were using alternative routes to access the area.   

Christopher Kyalimpa, one of the protesters blames the local leaders for shunning their responsibilities leading to poor service delivery.  He says that they find a huge challenge to transport produce to the market because of the huge potholes on the road.  

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Anent Kabagambe, another protester from Kyabwiso cell, says that women cannot easily access health care services because of the deplorable state of the road. Kabagambe says that they decided to close the road to draw the attention of the district leadership to its deplorable condition.   

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Samuel Bagonza, a Boda boda rider at Mitandi stage, says that their bikes often break down because of the poor state of the road. Beatrice Kabajwiisa, a farmer in the area say farmers spend heavily on Boda boda services to transport their produce to markets. 

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James Ategeka Mugarama, the LC V Chairperson of Bunyangabu district, says that they don’t have funds to rehabilitate all roads. He explains road fund releases have reduced from Shillings 1billion in 2017 to only Shillings 700million in the 2020/2021 financial year.    

He, however, says that they will rehabilitate some of the roads as the rainy season draws to an end.