Motorists plying the Mbarara -Bushenyi –Kasese road have expressed concern over the deteriorating state of the road.
The motorists argue that the widening potholes make it hard for them to operate along the road as its current state does not stop at frustrating them alone but also their customers.
The motorists say that they would do better with a smooth dirt road than to negotiate potholed road whose surface has peeled off.
Motorists argue that the worst part of the road is the 12-kilometre-stretch in Rubirizi district from Nyakasharu trading centre to Katunguru.
Dozens of taxis, lorries and buses have endured the hard task of negotiating through wide potholes often getting trapped.
The drivers say that they are at times blamed for causing accidents along the road in the process of dodging the bad section they end up competing for the small available space.
Motorists claim that Uganda National Roads Authority--UNRA Mbarara station repaired some sections between Mbarara and Shema district before abandoning the works.
Friday Bwambale, a taxi driver says the state of the road deteriorates every day that passes but solutions are yet to be availed. He says that at times he transports tourists who ask him questions related to the road that he's unable to answer.
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Appollo Ndyabahi is another taxi driver who says that the potholes cost people's lives. He says some people have been knocked dead by vehicles as they try to dodge potholes. His worry is that the situation may become more dangerous during the rainy season.
Sebowa Murodocai Ariho, another driver says they are always competing with cyclists for the remaining small space on the road.
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Frolence Kansiime, a frequent traveller says the state of the road has been worsened by the presence of poor drainage channels at some points. She says that even if the road surface is worked on, the repairs will have been put to waste.
Julius Ngabirano, the UNRA engineer for Mbarara station accepts that they had embarked on repair works but declined to explain why they were abandoned. He instead referred our report to the head office.
Efforts to get a comment from Mark Ssali the head of public and corporate affairs were futile as repeated calls went unanswered.