aimed at repairing major roads in Fort Portal Tourism city has stalled due to lack of
months ago, leaders in Fort Portal launched a project to repair Ruhandika Street
road, Kaboyo road and Golf Course road with Uganda Road Fund – URF as the
source of funding.
midway the project, they have run out of funds yet the roads are still in a
instance, Kaboyo and Ruhandiika Street road are now full of dust and trenches,
which has forced the residents to protest.
Towards the end of last week, business operators along Ruhandika Street
blocked the road with barricades of stones and garbage, saying the dust was
On Monday, the residents also stormed
the Office of acting Resident City Commissioner, Steven Asiimwe, and petitioned
him over the poor state of the same roads, saying their businesses are getting
who owns a consultancy firm along Ruhandika Street, said that dust has damaged most of his equipment especially the computers.
He said that it
is now a month since Rino Construction Limited was contracted to rehabilitate
the roads but they have not been pouring there water to reduce on the dust.
Mutunzi added that
they have been mobilizing themselves as the business community and pouring
water on the road using basins.
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But the interim
city Mayor, Rev Willy Kintu Muhanga, says that they had expected URF to release
at least 420 million shillings in the fourth quarter of the last financial
year, but it never happened.
He says that even
though they had given the contractor some money, he refused to pour water on
the roads saying he needed more cash to complete the task yet their coffers are also dry.
As way forward,
Muhanga says that they have written to Kabarole district LC V chairman, Richard
Rwabuhinga, requesting for a water bowser to be used so that they can reduce on the dust
for the mean time as they wait for more funds.