The rehabilitation of the 8.4km Bulucheke-Nyende
road stretch in Bududa district has stalled for two months.
road starts from Bulucheke Sub County and goes through Kuushu town council and
Bumayoka Sub County to Mabono Sub County.
The Works and Transport Ministry contracted Ms Gadi U Ltd to
rehabilitate the road. The road works include the construction of Ulukusi
third bridge in Bumayoka Sub County and expansion.
The Shillings 700 million
road works started in May this year and were expected to last for 9 months.
The residents of Bumayoka and Bulucheke sub
counties have decried the sorry state of the road, saying it is almost
According to the residents, they are finding it hard to transport their farm produce such as coffee, Bananas
and Irish potatoes to the market because of the stalled works.
A Boda boda who only identified himself as Muwumbwa,
said motorcycle keeps breaking down because of several potholes along the road.
Muwumbwa said he spends most of his earnings on motorcycle repairs.
Mumwata, a businessman in Muchomo trading center, says before the road
rehabilitation works kicked off, they used to transport their products cheaply
but transport has now increased because of the poor state of the road.
According to Mumwata,
the hiked transport fares have forced them to increase the price of their
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Titus Matsangari, a resident of Bunamoso village, says it is
hard to transport sick people to the health centers because of the bad
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Difasi Wakoko, Kuushu town council councilor, says the prices
of domestic products in the area are steadily increasing due to the bad state
of the road.
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Moses Siisa, the Bumayoka Sub county LC III blames the
district for not informing him as the area chairman about the progress of road
Wilson Watira, the Bududa District LC V Chairperson,
said he was not aware of the state of the road because the contractor didn’t report
to his office when he came to execute the job.
“I was not aware of the state of that road because the
contractor did not inform me when he was starting to work on. I thought he was
still there working on the road,” Watira told URN.
Justine Khainza, the Bududa Woman MP, promised
to visit the Works Ministry to establish whether the contractor has updated
them on the progress of the road.
Issa Ngati, the Bududa District Engineer and Supervisor of the
project told URN that the contractor is looking for a way of blasting the rock
before Muchomo trading center, which has hindered the movement of the graders
to help complete the works.
He also noted that rain has also been a challenge in the road
rehabilitation, adding that the contractor is waiting for the rains to reduce
before works can resume.
Godfrey Ssenkandwa from Ms Gadi Uganda limited says the money
provided for the project was sufficient to handle all the works.
promised to resume the work when the money is increased to help him to pay the