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Kaliro Residents Protest Against Poor State of Roads

The 43-kilometre stretch connects Kaliro to Kamuli district and is a key route for the transportation of agricultural produce. But according to residents, the road is increasingly becoming impassable as its tarmac shades off, amidst gazing potholes and a poor drainage system which has made it prone to accidents.
Protesting Kaliro locals block traffic on Kaliro-Kamuli road by placing banana stems in the potholes.

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Traffic was paralyzed along the Kaliro-Kamuli road this morning as residents took to the streets to protest against the poor state of the road.

The 43-kilometre stretch connects Kaliro to Kamuli district and is a key route for the transportation of agricultural produce. But according to residents, the road is increasingly becoming impassable as its tarmac shades off, amidst gazing potholes and a poor drainage system which has made it prone to accidents.

The residents dug holes in the middle of the road, where they planted banana stems, and withered trees, blocking traffic for close to three hours.

Harriet Bagaga, a resident of Buwabuzi village in Kaliro Town Council says that a number of accidents recorded in recent weeks occurred at night when speeding trucks failed to manoeuvre through the potholes before overturning.

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Tapenensi Kateme, a member of the Village Health Team from Bugonza parish says that the calls to attend to accident victims have recently increased.

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Mutwalubi Kilama, the chairperson of Bugonza parish says that the road has become a security threat because criminals take advantage of the rampant accidents to rob from the victims.

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Charles Buyinza, a dairy farmer from Kamuli district laments that the sorry state of the road means that he cannot deliver milk to his customers on time, while sometimes it gets contaminated on the way.

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Kaliro district engineer Paul Nyonyi says that they have liaised with the Uganda national roads authority to ensure that main roads are upgraded and maintained in a good condition.