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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.
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Business is paralysed in Bududa District because of the appalling state of roads leading to most trading centers and markets. Traders say they are counting losses due to exorbitant transport costs because of poor roads in the district.

Bududa is one of the districts that received road equipment from the Transport and Works Ministry to improve their road network. The equipment includes Water Bowzer, Wheel loader, Grader and compactor.

Bududa district has 57 roads covering a distance of 227kms. 

However, both traders and residents, say most of the roads are in appalling condition, which affects the transportation of their goods and agricultural produce to markets. The most affected include Bunamubi - Bushiyi road connecting to Bushibuya trading center, Kuushu- Nyende road leading to Nyende trading center, Shilayi-Bundesi road leading to Bundesi Sub county and trading center, Bumayoka Bufuma road leading to Bufuma health center III and Bulatse trading centre among others.  

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. 

He says they are forced to increase the prices of their commodities to meet their transport costs. Mumalo Wakoli, a vegetable dealer and Malekha village LC I Chairperson in Bushika Sub County, says they move through very poor roads to buy and sell merchandise. 

He appeals to government to rehabilitate Bushika-Namatyale road so that they can also trade effectively and access health services as well.

Lumasaba bite    

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Cue out… kubitisiwa bulayi’’// 

Annet Namono, a trader in Bunamubi trading center, says the poor roadwork has taken a huge toll on their businesses, saying customers are shunning their goods because of hiked prices. Fred Wambewo, a driver plying the Mbale-Bududa route, says 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 take about 2 hours because of the poor roads.  Samue Shimali, the Bunabutiti village LC I Chairperson, says on top of paralyzing business, the appalling roads force them to carry patients and expectant mothers to hospital because vehicles and motorcycles can no longer reach in their area.

Lumasaba bite   

//Cue in:’’ngamayi wolile khutsa khusala…  

Cue out… ikhuyeete’’//  

John Kibenya, Busiriwa sub county LC III Chairperson, says Bududa is a the food basket for several districts in the country  since it produces crops such as bananas, cabbage, onions, maize, irish potatoes and beans among others.

Issa Bukoma, the Bududa District Engineer has called for calm from residents, saying as a district there are works that the general public should appreciate as far as road maintenance and rehabilitation is concerned. 

He says the district receive limited funds forcing them to work on only 145.6km of the 227km that the district has.  Bukoma advised residents to dig contour bands and terraces to collect some of the runoff water that affects the roads, saying this will allow the roads to last longer. 

Yonasan Bululu, the Bududa District Vice Chairperson, acknowledges the challenge of poor roads, which he blames on limited funding. He asks residents to protect their roads before government comes to help them.

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