Transport Paralyzed in Kamuli As Kiko Wetland Floods

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Farouk Isabirye, the Bugonda Village Defense Secretary, says children within the affected areas are yet to commence studies because the only alternative they have is boats, which are costly. Each pupil requires Shillings 2000 to ride on a boat.

Transport is paralysed in Mbulamuti town council in Kamuli district due to flooding at Kiko wetland, which has cut off several roads.  

The affected include Bugonda and Kiyungu villages. Some of the residents say they have been cut off by the floods and can't access the town. 



They fault Dynasty Company limited, which was contracted to work on the roads for the slow pace.     


Farouk Isabirye, the Bugonda Village Defense Secretary, says children within the affected areas are yet to commence studies because the only alternative they have is boats, which are costly. 


Each pupil requires Shillings 2000 to ride on a boat.

 
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David Kiirya, a teacher at Bugonda primary school, says the turn up of both pupils and teachers is very low as most have failed to find transport means. Kiirya says the available boats are too weak, which makes it hard to convince parents to use them to send their children to school.  

 

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Zaituni Kifuko, an expectant mother who spoke to URN after reporting for antenatal visit at Mbulamuti health center III claims, says she witnessed two water accidents on her way.

She says the situation is worsening by the day and may lead to more fatalities unless something is done. 
 

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Jacob Kato, a motorist in Mbulamuti town council, says most of his clients reside in Bugodi village and its surrounding areas, which has affected his business.
 
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Sosipateli Kigenyi, a resident of Kiyunga village operates a wholesale shop in Mbulamuti town council. 



According to Kigenyi, he has failed to ferry merchandise to his shop to boost his stock because of the poor state of roads in the area.




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David Kityabi, a supervisor from Dynasty Company Limited attributes the slow pace of work to heavy rains, which have stalled works for the past one week. 


Uganda National Roads Authority hasn't yet commented as the Communication officer, Allan Ssempebwa could neither pick nor return calls from our reporter.