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Jinja Residents Protest Poor State of Roads :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Jinja Residents Protest Poor State of Roads

They accuse the leadership of Mohammed Baswari Kezaala, the mayor Jinja municipality of failure to maintain roads in Jinja industrial area.

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Residents of Walukuba–Masese division in Jinja municipality are protesting the appalling state of roads in their area. The most affected roads include the 2 kilometer road stretch connecting Jinja central division to Walukuba – Masese division, Scott Road, Walukuba road and Factory road. They accuse the leadership of Mohammed Baswari Kezaala, the mayor Jinja municipality of failure to maintain roads in Jinja industrial area. They claim that Walukuba, Scott, Factory and Tobacco roads were budgeted for in the 2011/2012 budget but were not maintained the whole year.

On Wednesday more than 200 residents drawn from Walukuba and Masese villages led a procession to Jinja municipal council offices to express their dissatisfaction over the appalling state of roads in their area. Fred Sozzi, a trader at Kazimingi says that over the past one month he has seen several trucks loaded with grain struggling to make their way around the bad roads. He faults Jinja municipality for failing to take it into account that roads in the industrial area are used by heavy trucks and need to be tarmacked. Sarah Ojara, a resident of Walukuba–Masese division says the municipality has ignored their pleas to rehabilitate the appalling roads.

She says factory road is used by heavy trucks heading to Engaano millers, MMI Integrated Steels Mills, Bull Bidco and Nuvita amongst others. Ojara says they are considering closing Scott, Factory and Tobacco roads should the municipality fail to heed to their call to have them fixed within two weeks. Ahmed Khalifa, a driver claims more than six trucks loaded with heavy merchandised have broken down in the industrial area because of the bad road. He blames the mayor for negligence saying he should have been advocate for rehabilitating the road network in the municipality.

Mohammed Baswari Kezaala, the mayor Jinja municipality has acknowledged the problem but shifted the blame on Walukuba - Masese division. He says most of the affected roads with the exception of Tobacco Road are under the division leadership. Musisi Kibugudhu, the Walukuba – Masese division LC3 Chairperson says at least 18 roads are under repair after they were included in this financial year budget.

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