Anyakun said that the government is closely working with the affected local governments to manage and extend help to the disaster victims. The minister’s statement fell short of mentioning the affected roads.
Residents walking through the road connecting Munami landing site to Nakasongola town council . The Road was cut off by rising water levels at Lake Kyoga
At least 103 kilometers
of roads in Nakasongola district have remained impassable after being washed away and cut off by the rising water levels in Lake Kyoga. In 2020, the water levels in Lake Kyoga increased and submerged nearby
infrastructures including roads.
A statement issued by State
Minister for Relief, Disaster Preparedness and Refugees, Esther Anyakun on Tuesday shows that about 22 out of 25
landing sites in the district are
affected by the rising water levels. Anyakun said that approximately 103 kilometers
of the road
network have been affected by either being washed away or cut off.
Anyakun said that the government is closely
working with the
affected local governments to manage and extend help to the disaster victims. The minister’s statement fell
short of mentioning the affected roads. However, the district authorities have
listed the affected roads as Kibuye-Zengebe, Munami-Kibuye, Kikoge-Katuba
and Kabasombwa –Lwampanga among others.
Nakasongola District Engineer, Bob Masembe says that the district lacks funds
to rehabilitate the affected roads. In his
report, Masembe said that by end of quarter one of this financial year, the district expected to
receive Shillings 136
million from the road fund
but only received Shillings 85 million, which is not enough to work on the roads.
Nakasongola district has a road network measuring 2,689.43 kilometers comprising both feeder and community roads. Allan Ssempebwa, the
Media Relations Manager of Uganda National Roads Authority couldn’t be reached for comment as
he neither picked nor returned calls from our reporter.
Bernard Kirya, the Budyebo County Member of Parliament, says that they have presented the list of
the affected roads to the Works and Transport Minister and Office of the Prime Minister but nothing has been done. Kirya said that they were told that engineers need to erect
bridges on some of the
affected road sections if the roads are to be used again.
He, however, says that the district lacks the money to
fix the roads. He says that the Works and Transport Minister, Katumba Wamala has advised them to ensure that the affected roads
are captured in the National
Development Plan for future
Kirya says that fishermen living in areas cut off by the water
are facing the challenge of transporting fish and other goods to the market leaving them in poverty. He says that some of the affected
people have resorted to longer routes, which has increased their expenditure.
Simon Kaweesi, a
resident of Kabasombwa, says that
initially, they would travel less than a kilometer to access Lwampanga town
council but now move about
five kilometers to access the same town because of using an alternative route.
Data from Nakasongola
district fisheries department shows that at least fish worth Shillings 14.2
billion is sold annually from Lake Kyoga. Some of the fish is transported to
markets through the affected road
About 1,762 people in Nakasongola displaced by the water levels are still out in
the cold. Efforts to relocate them to Kyalubanga Forest Reserve are yet to bear results because of
delayed degazetment by parliament.