Heavy Rains Cut Off Ntungamo-Mirama Hills Road

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Residents say heavy rains pounded the road for two days making it impassable.

Transport along the Ntungamo- Mirama hills road has been cut off following a heavy down pour leaving several travelers stranded. The road, that cuts through Ruhama County connects to the Uganda-Rwanda border. Residents say heavy rains pounded the road for two days making it impassable. Rajab Muhirwe, the LC1 chairperson Mirama hills boarder village told URN on phone on Monday morning that several vehicles en-route to Rwanda, DR-Congo and Burundi from Uganda are stuck in mud along the road.
 
He said several travelers aboard two Jaguar buses and a Horizon coach destined for Rwanda were by 11.00am still stuck in the mud at Kafunjo trading centre. Muhirwe says trucks carrying fuel and jelly are also stuck in the middle of the slippery road. Ali Waswa, a truck driver ferrying radiant jelly to Rwanda says they have been battling huge potholes along the Ntungamo- Mirama hills road stretch for long, which has made the transport business difficult. Tom Rwomushana, the Ruhama sub county LC 3 chairperson makes frequent business trips to Kigali- Rwanda.

He says that they face huge challenges to transport their produce mostly Matooke through Ntungamo town to neighboring Rwanda. Rwomushana accuses Uganda National Roads Authority-UNRA for doing substandard work on the road yet they are aware of the difficult terrain of the area. He says Kafunjo, Rwamwire and Kyamate bridges are at the verge of collapsing because they were poor done.

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Robert Byekwaso, the UNRA station engineer in charge of Kabale area denies claims that the road has been in a sorry state. He blames the current state of the road on heavy rains. Byekwaso says they are trying to gravel the slippery sections of the road to enable trucks to move with ease.

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Ntungamo- Mirama hills boarder road has been appearing in the national budget over the past few years but nothing has been to tarmac the roads.