Mbarara Municipality Roads 'Rotten'

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In short
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.

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Anthony Kushaba
For Anthony Kushaba, journalism is not just a job; it is a calling. Kushaba believes journalism is one of the few platforms where the views of the oppressed and margainalised can be heard. This is what his journalism aims to do: bring to light untold stories.

Kushaba is the Mbarara region URN bureau chief. Mitooma, Ntungamo, Bushenyi, Sheema, Isingiro, and Kiruhura districts fall under his docket. Kushaba has been a URN staff member since 2012.

Kushaba is a journalism graduate from Uganda Christian University Study Centre at Bishop Barham College in Kabale. Before joining URN, Kushaba worked with Voice of Kigezi (2008), Bushenyi FM (2010) and later on to Voice of Muhabura.

Kushaba's journalism interests centre on conflict, peace and electoral reporting. Kushaba occasionally writes on tourism, health, religion and education. He describes himself as highly driven and will pursue a tip until it yields a story.