The sorry state of Imam Hussein Kilayi road has irked residents of Bubyangu and
Bufumbo Sub counties in Mbale district.
The 7 kilometer road that stretches from
Bufumbo Sub County to Bubyangu Sub County is filled with potholes. The road
connects the two sub counties to the Mount Elgon national park.
It is also the
main link between Bunabugubo, Bubyangu, Bunawusi, Bukikoso, Madenga, Bunamoli
Parish and Kilayi parishes.
It also connects Bufumbo and Bubyangu Sub Counties
to Madenga weekly market. The Madenga Bridge, which crosses the road, was
washed away by the heavy rains making it hard for people to cross Madenga River
with vehicles or motorcycles.
Buybyangu and Bufumbo sub counties are the largest producers
of agricultural products such as Irish potatoes, cabbages, carrot, Bananas and
milk, which are sold in Mbale town.
According to residents, whenever it rains the roads become slippery,
saying it spent over 10 years without being worked on. Last year, residents
of the two sub counties staged a demonstration promoting the authorities to fix
the road but it was never completed.
Residents say Imam
Hussein Kilayi road is the only road they use to transport their produce to Mbale town
but its current state affects their movements.
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Abdul Mudebo, a Boda boda rider in Bubyangu parish, says the
contractors who worked on the road didn’t clear the drainage, which would allow
proper flow of water.
He says the poor state of the road makes it difficult for
them to transport people from one side to another and costs them a lot of fuel.
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Cue out:…oba nkumi taano”//
Amuza Muduku, a resident of Kilayi parish in Bubyangu Sub
County has threatened to petition the State House Anti-corruption Unit over the
state of the road.
According to Muduku, some maintenance work kicked off on the
road after he petitioned the Inspectorate of Government over shoddy work.
Majid Busiito, the the Bubyangu Sub county
LCIII chairperson told URN that he has written severally to the district
informing them about the sorry state of the road but nothing has been done.
“I have written letters telling them about this
road but they have kept a deaf ear,” he said. He says currently residents have to carry their goods on the head to cross the river while others have to connect
through Buteza Sub County in Sironko district to reach Mbale town.
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Muhammad Mafabi, the Mbale District speaker who also
represents Bubyangu Sub County called for calm among residents, saying that
maintenance works on that road are still ongoing.
He said that the district is faced by
financial constraints, which make it hard for them to maintain roads in the
area given its terrain.
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Willy Nangosha, the Mbale District Engineer says they are
trying to do some works on the road but are faced with the challenge of heavy
rains. He said the contractor is still shaping the road and will spread
murrum this very quarter before they construct a permanent bridge on Madenga River.