According to residents, the seven-kilometre road had become a health hazard with a lot of dust, potholes, blocked trenches, and deep gullies. The road connects Fort Portal town to Harugongo and Kichwamba sub counties and also leads to government-owned Mountains of the Moon University and Katojo Prison
Traffic along Saaka Road in West
Division, Fort Portal Municipality came to a standstill on Friday as
residents demonstrated over the poor state of the road.
According to residents, the seven-kilometre road had become a health hazard with a lot of dust, potholes, blocked
trenches and deep gullies. The road connects Fort Portal town to Harugongo and
Kichwamba sub counties and also leads to the government-owned Mountains of the Moon
University and Katojo Prison.
As a result residents blocked the road with
logs, big stones and dug deep trenches across it
as a way of showing their dissatisfaction. They also carried placards asking motorists
to find alternative routes.
Karim Gadafi, a Boda boda rider at
Kagote stage said that due to the poor state of the road, accidents along
it were also becoming rampant while during rainy seasons it becomes
Paul Kamya, one of the demonstrators,
cited pozzolana dealers as the contributing factor to the terrible state of the
road. He said that as they leave Harungogo Sub County with minerals, they
use heavy trucks that damage the road and never care to repair it.
//Cue in: “Kati nze nkiwagidde…
Cue out… nga bwokilaba.”//
The situation was only quelled by the Kabarole District Police Commander – DPC Jamal
Kanyesige and the Deputy Resident District Commissioner, Festus Bandeba, who rushed
to the scene and arrested one unidentified security guard who is alleged to
have witnessed the demonstration and failed to notify police.
Kanyesigye said that from the
information they have gathered so far, the demonstration was politically motivated.
Bandeba condemned the act, saying that
even though the road was in a poor state, there was no need to destroy it
//Cue in: “I actually shudder…
Cue out… of negative elements.”//
Richard Muhumuza, the West Division
LC III chairman said that the road is supposed to be maintained by Uganda
National Roads Authority - UNRA, and that as leaders they have always
contacted them but in vain.
The UNRA Roads Maintenance Engineer,
Herbert Kyalisima, said that they are soon repairing the road.
//Cue in: “This road in…
Cue out… years in prison.”//
But the residents have vowed to continue
with the protests if the road is not repaired within the shortest time