Over 1,000 residents of Bugaaki and Kyarusozi sub counties in Kyenjojo district on Friday morning staged a strike protesting against the poor road construction and upgrading.
Mofre than 1,000 residents of Bugaaki and Kyarusozi sub counties in Kyenjojo district staged a strike Friday protesting against the poor road works.
The angry residents from Nyamabuga and Kisangi in Bugaki and Kyarusoke in Kyarusozi blocked the Katoke-Kyarusozi-Rogombe road at Kisangi trading center, accusing Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) of putting poor quality marrum on the road.
The protestors put heaps of soil, logs and road pipes in the middle of the road stopping all vehicles from Rugombe to Kyarusozi from crossing.
The aggrieved residents started blocking the road at around 11:00pm on Thursday and set a vigil fire in the middle of the road till Friday morning.
Passengers from Kyarusozi to Fort Portal and McLeod’s Tea Company in Kyarusozi were hit hatrd by the strike.
They are accusing UNRA that is upgrading the road of pouring soil instead of using marrum. They are demanding for the immediate removal of the soil.
Simon Mugisa, a resident of Kisangi says the road is impassable during the rainy season and they are unable to transport their produce to Kyarusozi and Kasaba markets in Kyarusozi Sub County.
Robert Asiimwe, a driver on Fort Portal-Kyarusozi road says the vehicles get stuck whenever it rains. He says UNRA should remove the soil and put high quality marrum or leave the road.
Willy Mugambwa, the chairman LC3 Bugaki Sub County backs the residents, saying the road was poorly done.
Samuel Abedi, the District Police commander Kyenjojo says that police has been deployed in the area to calm down the strike.
Abedi, who says that he is busy with Omukama Oyo Nyimba Kabamba Iguru’s visit to Kyenjojo on Friday, says he has asked the Bugaaki chairman, Willy Mugambwa and the police deployed in the area to talk to the residents and remove the logs from the road.
He says he and the RDC Kyenjojo have already informed UNRA officials and are on the way to the scene to meet the residents and later meet the district leadership.