Despite being a beneficiary under the Uganda Support to Municipal Infrastructural Development USMID Project that has seen four roads upgraded to to tarmac, Mbarara still faces a challenge of bad roads whose state deteriorates every other day.
Several roads in Mbarara town are in a sorry state as the municipality pushes for a city status.
Despite being a beneficiary under the Uganda Support to Municipal Infrastructural Development (USMID) Project that has seen four roads upgraded to to tarmac, Mbarara still faces a challenge of bad roads whose state deteriorates every other day.
The situation has been worsened by the onset of the rains that has washed away the surface and dug gullies in the roads.
Roads which include Akiiki Nyabongo, MacAlistar, Constantine Lobo and Bulemba roads all in Kakooba division are being upgraded under the USMAID program.
However, the Municipality has got five other divisions including Biharwe, Kakiika, Kamukuzi, Nyakayojo and Nyamitanga whose roads are in bad shape.
Roads such as Kitunzi, Agip-Kijungu, Kahaya lane, Kinyanza-Kishasha, Boma road and Ntare-Mutonto among others, have developed deep gullies. Their drainage channels are clogged with waste.
On Ntare - Mutonto road, what used to be the drainage channels are no more as they have been covered by the silt and the culverts are either broken or clogged with all sorts of waste.
Agnes Karungi, a resident of Nkokonjeru says the locals had decided to pour soil on bad spots near their homes but this becomes a bigger problem during the rainy season.
Joram Tayebwa, a Boda Boda cyclist says that the bad state of roads in the municipality has seen them compete for space with vehicles and at times cyclists are knocked down as drivers dodge potholes.
Pearl Kyomugisha, a resident of Kijungu says the authorities have concentrated their efforts on a few roads in the town centre while ignoring other roads.
Mbarara Municipality Mayor Robert Mugabe Kakyebezi says that the authorities are working hard to improve the status of the roads.
He says that the municipality has got many roads that need urgent intervention and that for those whose situation is likely to worsen during the rainy season, they may be left with no option but to engage the central government for possible assistance.