Ten Road Projects Stall in Kalungu as Grader Breaks Down

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Some of the roads that were earmarked for repair include Lukaya-Lusango, Ssemusoga, Towa and Bukulula-Kalangala.

The rehabilitation of ten roads in Kalungu district has stalled following the break down of the newly acquired road construction equipment. Late last year, Kalungu District Council approved 165 million shillings for the rehabilitation of various roads. Some of the roads that were earmarked for repair include Lukaya-Lusango, Ssemusoga, Towa and Bukulula-Kalangala. According to the work plan, the road repair would include the expansion of the carriage and graveling.
However, the plan to rehabilitate the roads has hit a snag following the breakdown of the new road construction equipment that was donated by government to the district. Emmanuel Musoke, the Kalungu LC5 Chairman says that the blades of the grader  have broken down. He says that as a result, they have now suspended all road works because the district does not have funds to repair the grader.

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Gerald Kiggundu, the Councilor representing Bukulula sub county says that stalling of the road repairs has greatly affected the movement of goods and services. He says that Kigangazi-Lukaya road is in a very bad shape after it was bartered by rain.  According to Kigundu, farmers are stuck with their produce such tomatoes, bananas and cabbage because vehicles can not access their gardens. Kigundu wants government to buy for the district at least four more heavy duty graders to ease road maintenance in the district.



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Edward Bindhe
Bindhe prides himself on being a part of the society he writes about. He believes there is no way a journalist can understand his society unless it considers him a part of it. This is why he is dedicated to investigating the challenges of the "little person."

Bindhe says, "My work reflects the Uganda Radio Network unique approach to news." Not many Ugandan journalists would consider or even notice the re-emergence of Water Hyacinth on a lake. Bindhe does.

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Edward Bindhe is the Masaka URN bureau chief. Rakai, Lwengo, Lyantonde, Kalangala, Mpigi, Kalungu, Bukomansimbi and Sembabule districts fall under his docket. He has been a URN staff member since 2009.

A Mass Communication graduate from Uganda Christian University, Bindhe started practising journalism in 2008 as a reporter for Radio Buddu in Masaka district.