Peter Gusolo, a businessman said they spend 2days transporting merchandise from Mbale town to Bulambuli district. “It’s as if there is a deliberate delay to construct this road. Tractors came here and unearthed the roadsides, but no work is going on for close to four years," he said.
Residents and traders
using Buyaga-Buluganya road in Bulambuli district rose up in protest on Tuesday
over the sorry state of the road.
They planted banana suckers on the road to
express their dissatisfaction with the state of affairs. The road is unmotorable
because of the heavy rains, which have been pounding the district for the past
The 12 kilometer road,
which stretches from Buyaga town council in Buluganya Sub County, is full of potholes
and ditches. Residents also claimed that the road is very narrow and affects the transportation of
their produce to the market.
They demanded the intervention of Uganda National
Roads Authority-UNRA to address transport problems in the area.
Peter Gusolo, a
businessman said they spend 2days transporting merchandise from Mbale town to Bulambuli
“It’s as if there is a deliberate delay to construct this road.
Tractors came here and unearthed the roadsides, but no work is going on for
close to four years," he said.
James Wayo, a Boba boda rider said they charge their passengers
Shillings 10,000 from Buyaga to Buluganya instead of Shillings 3, 000 they used
to charge because they spend a lot of money on fuel due to the poor state of
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Simon Magomu, a resident of Buyaga town council put the blame
on their leaders for allegedly failing to lobby government to construct the
He says the poor state of the road
has made many farmers to make count loses since they can’t transport their
produce to markets.
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Fisto Woniala, the Buluganya Sub County LC III Chairperson,
says expectant women face huge challenge whenever they are referred to
facilities outside the district.
Woniala says the road also used to connect
tourists to Mt Elgon Park via Bumasobo and Sisiyi falls but this is no longer
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The Bulambuli Woman Member of Parliament, Sarah Wekomba, has
asked residents to stay calm, saying Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) has
already committed to reconstruct the road.
“We don’t support the idea of planting crops in the road. If
UNRA delays the reconstruction, we shall all stand up and storm their offices
and demand for an explanation because the road is in bad shape as we speak,” Wekomba
George Sonko, the Mbale UNRA Station Manager, says they have
asked the local leader leaders to identify a contractor and process a
performance guarantee so that works starts soon.
“We are most likely to start work around late September 2019
but sometimes people want to use other opportunities like protests,” he said.
Sonko has appealed to the people of Bulambuli to calm down as
they engage the local leaders.