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Bushenyi Fails to Maintain Roads

CAIIP is a 2.5 billion shillings program funded by the African Development Bank aimed at improving roads and agriculture. The roads in Bushenyi were constructed in 2016 to link farmers to major markets in the area and upgraded to first class Murrum at a cost Six Billion Shillings.

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Roads constructed under the Community, Agricultural Infrastructure, Improvement Programme-CAIIP in Bushenyi district have been left to waste.

CAIIP is a 2.5 billion shillings program funded by the African Development Bank aimed at improving roads and agriculture.

The roads in Bushenyi were constructed in 2016 to link farmers to major markets in the area.

They include Kyabugimbi – Ruhumuro and Kyamuhunga - Bitooma all covering 90 kilometres. The roads were upgraded to first class Murrum at a cost of Six Billion Shillings.

Elly Muhwezi the programs director for Uganda Citizens Alliance says that the roads are in a bad state yet huge sums of money were spent on construction.

Muhwezi says that the district works department must improve road inspection and ensure that they at least deploy road gangs to maintain the roads.

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Emmanuel Kanyari, the LC3 Chairperson for Ibaare Sub County says that after the construction of the roads, they were handed over to the district works department and have since been abandoned.

John Bomukama the LC5 Councilor for Bitooma Sub County says that lack of maintenance and use of the roads by heavy trucks has affected the roads.

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Peter Ndyahoza Mugume, the Bushenyi District Vice Chairperson and Secretary for Works says that they lack adequate funds and road equipment.

Mugume, however, says that road gangs have been redeployed to work on small defects as well as ensuring the drainage channels and culverts are opened.

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The CAIIP project covers 68 sub-counties across 31 districts in the Western, Central, Northern and Eastern regions of Uganda. The project consists of three components, namely rural infrastructure improvement, community mobilization and project management.