Floods Cripple Transport on Mubende-Hoima Road

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In short
Mubende-Kakumiro-Hoima road is on the verge of becoming unusable as heavy rains continue. The situation on the road became critical after the Kabale swamp flooded.

 
Mubende-Kakumiro-Hoima road is on the verge of becoming unusable as heavy rains continue.
 
The situation on the road became critical after the Kabale swamp joining Kibaale and Hoima districts in Kisiita Sub County burst its banks submerging over a kilometer of the road.
 
The flooding has left huge swathes of the road with sticky mud making it impassable.
 
Many trucks and travellers are now stuck on the road.
 
Our reporter visited the scene on Monday at around 10am and found 30 trucks, 5 passenger service vehicles and 20 motorcyclists stuck.
 
Some of the trucks were loaded with agricultural produce such as Matooke, Charcoal, Maize and shop merchandise. Others were loaded with fuel.
 
Muhumuza Abu, a taxi driver plying the Kakumiro-Hoima road, says that they often spend up to five hours struggling through this patch of road. They often have to pay youth to help push their vehicles from the mud.
 
Another taxi driver Brown Karangwa says they are likely to hike their fares to counter the losses and delays they encounter because of the condition of the road.
 
Currently Kakumiro to Hoima town costs 15, 000 shillings but drivers say they might increase the fare to 20, 000 shillings.
 
During the URN visit to the site, there were 10 to 15 youths who were hiring their services out to push stalled vehicles. They were charging about 20, 000 shillings per vehicle.
 
One of these youths Joseph Osike said they charge 15, 000 shillings to 20, 000 shillings for a small vehicle and 20, 000 shillings to 30, 000 shillings for a large truck.
 
Patrick Omukoto, a journalist working with a local radio station, says that he was forced to pay 3000 for his motorcycle to be pushed to a safer place. He adds that the state of the swamp is worsening daily.
 
Hon Mabele Bakaine, the Bugangaizi East Constituency, says that the swamp is prone to flooding during the heavy rains.Bakeine says that she will table the concern before district works department to get a solution as soon as possible.
 
Everest Murubya, the Kibaale District Engineer, could not be reached for a comment on the situation.