Nakasongola District Leaders are demanding the rehabilitation of
roads that were destroyed by floods.
Nakasongola district has a road network of 2,689.43 kilometrescomprising feeder and community
roads. However, many of them are now impassable over heavy rains and rising
water levels of Lake Kyoga since 2020. Some roads are submerged by water,
culverts collapsed and filled with potholes.
The most affected roads are in sub-counties of Lwampanga, Lwabyata, Nakitoma,
Nabiswera and Wabinyonyi among others.
The impassable roads have affected the transportation of fish, cattle, maize,
Cassava and the movement of people.
Noah Mutebi the Nakasongola County Member of Parliament has listed
the inaccessible road such as Wajjala-Kibuye-Zengebe which was cut off by
floods. He adds that even the diversion road from Sasira-Kyamuyingo –
Lwakatala which now residents use is also in a bad state.
Mutebi says that some roads need an upgrade to tarmac whereas
others should be maintained.
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Bernard Ssekyanzi Kirya the Budyebo County Member of Parliament says that
residents use longer routes to access towns to sell their products over the
poor state of roads. Ssekyanzi says that
the poor road network has crippled the trade and movement of people in the
Ssekyanzi also criticized Uganda National Roads Authorities-UNRA for shoddy
works which partly made some roads a few months after completion.
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Sam Kigula the LCV Chairperson Nakasongola says that they don’t have money to
work on the roads. He asked the Minister of Works and Transport Katumba Wamala
to direct UNRA to rehabilitate them.
Fishermen at Kibuye Landing Site say that they need over 25,000 Shillings
as transport costs on a motorcycle to move from Kibuye to Zengebe landing site,
a trip which used to cost less than 3,000 shillings when using the road that
was submerged by floods. This has
affected the movement of fishermen and the sale of fish.
While meeting the MPs and district leaders, Wamala explained that UNRA and
Ministry don’t determine which roads should be tarmacked or not.
He says that priority roads are determined by NRM Manifesto and
National Development Plan.
Katumba says that it’s practically impossible to upgrade a road that
is not captured into the two documents. He
however promised that he will intervene and order UNRA to work on roads that
need only maintenance.