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James Masuba, another resident, says with the bad roads in Bumasobo, it’s expensive to use vehicles, saying this affects their returns at the end of the day. He says motorists are charging them highly compared to donkeys. He however, decried the low speed at which donkeys move.
28 Nov 2019 14:50
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Donkeys are fast becoming the favorable transport means in some parts of Bugisu Sub region because of the bad roads resulting from heavy rains.

 

Some of the roads affected by rains in Sironko include Mutufu-Bukyabo, Nangoli-Butandiga and Buyaga-Buluganya roads among others.  The rains have also affected Bulambuli-Moroto road in Bulambuli district, which has made the movement of both humans and goods a menace.,    

 

Because of the bad roads donkeys have become common in Butandiga, Bukyabo and the neighboring areas in Sironko district. They are used to carry produce like onions, tomatoes and coffee to Mutufu market and other major centers.

Dison Masha, a farmer says they turned donkey transport because their produce had started rotting away due to transport challenges.  

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He says donkeys can easily maneuver through the bad roads and work is done on time. “Our harvest is rotting on the way. The only available means of transport is donkeys as vehicles have increased their fare. Our leaders should lobby government to fix some of the roads,” he said.     

James Masuba, another resident, says with the bad roads in Bumasobo, it’s expensive to use vehicles, saying this affects their returns at the end of the day. He says motorists are charging them highly compared to donkeys.  He however, decried the low speed at which donkeys move. 

Robert Gimei, who owns donkeys, says he charges Shillings 5000 for every 3kilometres. “I learnt that a donkey is a very good animal that should be put to work all the time. And when one does not use it, it looks at them as an enemy because it has to utilize its energy,” Gimei said.  

Sam Namugongo, the Bukyabo Sub county LC III chairperson, says they have bad community access roads, which affects service delivery and affects transportation of produce to markets. Namugongo says many roads in the sub county need to be rehabilitated to allow residents easy access to social services.

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Andrew Wasukira, the Sironko District Engineer, says residents need to explore alternative transport means because the continuous rains have battered roads. He appeals to residents to remain calm, saying the roads will be fixed after the heavy rains.  

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