According to Kyakabale, most of the roads in the district including Ishaka-Mitooma road are in a very deplorable state, which has made transportation of goods impossible.
Complaints of lack of electricity and poor roads are likely to dominate the campaigns of NRM presidential candidate, Yoweri Museveni in Mitooma district. Museveni is expected to address a campaign rally in Kiyanga Sub County this afternoon, before heading to other districts in greater Bushenyi.
Mitooma district became functional in 2010 after being curved from greater Bushenyi district. According to the 2012, national population census, Mitooma has a population of 196.300. The district is still yearning for good roads, electricity and clean water. Nalisi Kyakabale, a resident of Kisiizi trading center in Kiyanga Sub County wants Museveni to address the poor road network in the district.
According to Kyakabale, most of the roads in the district including Ishaka-Mitooma road are in a very deplorable state, which has made transportation of goods impossible. Deogratius Ahabwe, one of the farmers in Kiyanga Sub County says the absence of electricity has affected them severely.
According to Ahabwe, despite the fact that Kiyanga is well known for producing coffee and rice on large scale, farmers have to struggle to transport their harvest to the neighboring districts for processing. Deo Tukwasibwe, the Kiyanga Sub County LC III Chairperson says the absence of electricity has hampered development in the area.
He says majority of the residents are hardworking farmers who produce in large scale but earn less from their sweat. According to Tukwasibwe, farmers loose over 50.000 tons of coffee every season while trying to process it using disease machines.
The process involves the removal of pulp, washing the coffee to obtain clean wet parchment and drying it. The coffee beans are then graded to obtain the desired grades of the clean coffee. Tukwasibwe is hopeful that Museveni will address the challenge of electricity faced by many people in Ruhinda County in Mitooma.