Yonasi Kithola, the Kithoulu Sub County LC V Councilor, says the district has severally spoken about the economic impact of the poor road network on the area. He says today only a few farmers can afford the high transport costs to deliver their produce to markets in Bwera and Kasese town.
road network in Kithoulu Sub County, Kasese District has raised concern among
farmers and local leaders. The mountainous area is largely known for producing
coffee, passion fruits and timber.
The most affected route connects Kitholu to
Kiraro parish with the latter hosting a health center III. The other bad roads
are Kyabikhere- Kitholu and Isango-Bulhemera roads, which have spent more than
5 years without any rehabilitation.
Farmers say the poor
state of the road network has affected the price of their farm produce because
only a handful of buyers make it to the area. Yonasi
Kithola, the Kithoulu Sub County LC V Councilor, says the district has
severally spoken about the economic impact of the poor road network on the
He says today only a few farmers can afford the high transport costs to deliver their produce
to markets in Bwera and Kasese town. According to Kithola, buyers now dictate
the cost of their produce since they know that farmers cannot reach markets
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Jonathan Ndime, a resident of Kisebere village,
says that most of the community roads are in appalling condition, which has
affected transport fares for both human and agricultural produce. He says that
the situation has worsened since the rain season started.
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Alfred Kule, a casual labourer in Kitholu says that
he spends between Shillings 18,000 and 20,000 on transport to and from Bwera to
his workstation. Kule earns Shillings 25,000 daily. He says Boda boda
riders have taken advantage of the bad roads to increase the transport charges
since they are the only ones who can try to wade through.
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Fred Bwambala, another resident says Kithoma-Kisebere
road is the major route that links traders to buyers. He says that buyers are
now asking between 10 to 15 passion fruits for Shillings 1000 when they reach the
garden yet he would be selling seven for the same money when he accesses the
Bwambale says that pupils of Kisanga primary are
usually stuck because the route connecting to the school becomes troublesome
whenever it rains.
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Medress Kabugho calls on the government to
consider their roads as a priority because they contribute greatly to the local
revenue basket. The out-going Kasese LC V Chairperson Ssebendire Bigogo Thembo
says that the main road is under UNRA and the district leadership has been
reminding the government of the plight of the community in vain.
He says that
slow response to community concerns is one of the reasons why people like him
lost in the last elections.