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Construction of Bulucheke-Nyende road Stalls

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.

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The rehabilitation of the 8.4km Bulucheke-Nyende road stretch in Bududa district has stalled for two months. 

The 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 unmotorable. 

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. 

Fred 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 products.

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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 road.  

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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 works.

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.   

He promised to resume the work when the money is increased to help him to pay the workers.    

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