Kabarole District Halts Road Works over Heavy Rains

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Moses Ikagobya, the Kabarole district secretary for works says that construction will resume when the rains settle. According to Ikagobya, the district has lost millions of shillings in repairing roads and bridges that were destroyed weeks or months after construction.

Heavy downpours in parts of western Uganda have prompted Kabarole district authorities' to suspend the construction of key roads and bridges.

Moses Ikagobya, the Kabarole district secretary for works says that construction will resume when the rains settle.  According to Ikagobya, the district has lost millions of shillings in repairing roads and bridges that were destroyed weeks or months after construction.

The works sector was allocated only Ugx 1.2 billion in the 2014/2015 financial year, which Ikagobya says, is inadequate to construct new roads and repair the damaged roads. He says that they have often asked government to Increase the allocation to road construction in vain.

The areas whose road construction has been put on halt are in Kichwamba, Rwimi, Mugusu, Kijura, Karambi and Busoro sub counties. In some of the affected areas, the residents are pleading with the district to rethink its decision.

Sam Baguma, a businessman in Kazingo town council in Kichwamba Sub County says that the district shouldn't use the excuse of the rains to halt construction. It should instead prioritize the road sector and ensure that the roads remain passable all the time.
 
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Mariam Kabahenda, a farmer from Kyakaigo in Kichwamba Sub County, says that the district's decision could affect farmers who continue to be cheated by buyers because of poor access. Kabahenda says although the district encourages farming, poor roads will deter farmers from accessing markets.

She suggests that instead of halting construction, the district should employ road gangs to maintain the roads during the rainy season. The gangs are organized groups in charge of routine manual maintenance and rehabilitation of district and urban roads.
 

 

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