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Police Stops Luweero Road Protest

They accused Uganda National Roads Authority-UNRA and district engineers for failing to install culverts on the road and executing a shoddy job.
Some of the protestors planting banana suckers in a pothole on Kasiiso-Kikyusa road

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Police has broken up a demonstration by traders and motorists in Luweero town over the alleged shoddy works on the Kasiiso-Kikyusa roadl. Heavily armed anti riot police led by Godfrey Ninsiima, the Luweero District Police Commander swung into action on Wednesday after the traders and motorists blocked the road for three hours to express dissatisfaction on the quality of the works. They accused Uganda National Roads Authority-UNRA and district engineers of failing to install culverts on the road and executing a shoddy job.

 

The protestors stormed the streets shortly after two vehicles loaded with pineapples got stuck in a huge pothole filled with dirty water, despite the fact that the road was worked on recently. They planted banana suckers, trees and made noise to express their disatisfaction with the state of the road. Deogratious Mboneka, a trader in Luweero Town council told URN that UNRA graded the road in question two weeks ago at unspecified amount of money but didn't install culverts to ease the flow of running water from the nearby swamps.

 

He says that the road has developed huge potholes making transportation of agricultural produce difficult. Mboneka says that they petitioned UNRA and the Luweero district engineer for intervention last week but they only dumped culverts along the road and left without fixing them. Haruna Kalungi, another trader claims that 30 trucks carrying pineapples are stuck in the vehicle with nowhere to pass because of the poor state of the road.

Kalungi says that he has personally lost over one million shillings after failing to deliver his pineapples to market in Kampala adding that they started rotting on the truck. William Muwonge, the Chairman Kasiiso stage boda boda Association says that they resorted to protests to send a wakeup call to the engineers to work on the road. Muwonge has Abraham Byandala, the area MP and works minister to investigate how the money allocated for the road works was spent. Charles Ssebyala, the Luweero Town council LC 3 chairperson who tried to stop the protest in vain, says it is unfortunate that residents have to draw the attention of civil servants through protests.

 

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Godfrey Ninsiima, the Luweero District Police Commander says that they intervened to restore order after the protest started turning violent.

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Our report failed to get a comment from UNRA officials in Luweero district. But Imran Mukiibi, the Luweero district works secretary accuses the traders of impatient and being rowdy.

 

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Last month More than 40 trucks loaded with merchandise got stuck along the Katuugo-Kaweweta road in Nakaseke district after the collapse of various culverts on the tributaries of Lugogo River few days after they were installed by UNRA.