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Sorry State of Imam Husain-Kilayi Road Irks Residents

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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.
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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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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.     

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