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Heavy Rains Cut Off Roads in Luwero District

According to Luwero District Works Department report, an estimated 600 kilometers (about 45% of the total road network) are currently impassable due to heavy rains.
A section at Wobulenzi-Waluleeta road that has been cut off by floods paralysing transport between Makulubita sub county and Wobulenzi town

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Several roads in Luwero District have been cut off by heavy rains paralyzing transport. 

Luwero district boasts of a total road network of 1338.8 kilometers of which 606.93 kilometers are maintained by the district, 164. 51 kilometers by urban councils and 567.3 kilometers by sub-counties.

However, according to Luwero District Works Department report, an estimated 600 kilometers (about 45% of the total road network) are currently impassable due to heavy rains.

The most affected roads are Katikamu-Wankanya, Busula-Bamunanika ,Wobulenzi-Waluleta ,Kalule –Kyabakadde and Kalule-Semuto roads among others.

Samuel Musisi a truck driver in Makulubita sub-county explains that they have resorted to longer routes to connect to Wobulenzi town after floods cut off a section of the road at Bakijjulula village.

Musisi however noted that this has left them in huge losses because they were already crying foul over the hike in fuel prices.  On other roads, residents are incurring hiked transport fares over longer routes.

Erastus Kibirango the LCV Chairperson Luwero says that culverts at the section of some roads have curved in whereas other swamps overflow cutting them off.  Kibirango says that as a district they can’t do much due to budget cuts and have resolved to direct the district engineer to come up with a full report on the status of the roads to enable them to appeal to the central government for support.

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Robert Kalenzi the Luwero District Engineer says that in the financial year 2021/22, the department expected to receive 1.3 Billion Shillings for routine maintenance of the roads but only 610 million shillings was disbursed making it difficult to work on any emergency.

Kalenzi says that they have since approached Uganda National Roads Authority for support.

Robert Ssekitoleko the Bamunanika County Member of Parliament says that he has decided to mobilize communities and contribute fuel where possible to fix minor damages to ease the movement of goods and people.

Brenda Nabukenya the Luwero District Woman Member of Parliament says that although the government claims that they donate road equipment to the district, some key components were not delivered making it difficult for them to do major works.

Nabukenya says that on behalf of the district road committee, she intends to seek attention from the Ministry of Works and ask for support to fix key roads.

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On Thursday, Parliament passed a motion seeking the operationalization of the Road Fund as provided for under Section 49 of the Uganda Road Fund Act by the end of the financial year 2021/2022.

This was after complaints that several roads are in a poor state despite the provision for a Road Fund under the law.

The Minister of Finance, Matia Kasaija has assured parliament that the Road Fund was going to be operationalized following a legal opinion provided by the Attorney General.  

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