UNRA on Spot Over Lack of Drainage System on Kasese- Mbarara Road

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These days whenever it rains, the road floods to the extent that it even stops traffic especially at Kahendero and Kiteso. At Kiteso, the water run offs burst the culverts erected there and find their way into Railway Health Centre II.


Now, Didas Baluku, a resident of Kidodo Cell of Railway Ward in Kasese municipality says this state of affairs could be an indicator that someone at UNRA slept on the job by failing to adequately prepare for the flow of water past the road.

Uganda National Roads Authority-UNRA has come under criticism over lack of a drainage system on the newly constructed Mbarara - Kasese Road along the Kasese - Kikorongo stretch in Kasese.

The road is under construction by China Railway No. 3 Engineering Company Limited.

Construction on some parts of the road, especially the Kasese - Katunguru stretch has already been completed.


However, residents of Kasese municipality have raised concern over the design of the road claiming that it does not provide for the water runoffs.

These days whenever it rains, the road floods to the extent that it even stops traffic, especially at Kahendero and Kiteso. At Kiteso, the water runoffs burst the culverts erected there and find their way into Railway Health Centre II.


Didas Baluku, a resident of Kidodo Cell of Railway Ward in Kasese municipality says this state of affairs could be an indicator that someone at UNRA slept on the job by failing to adequately prepare for the flow of water past the road.

Baluku says the lack of drainage patterns during the road construction will not only damage the newly constructed road but will also cause damages to the health facility where the runoffs were directed.

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Baluku wonders why the technical team at UNRA has failed to prevail over the contractor to ensure that the works done can last longer through factoring in water management systems.

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Kasese District LCV Chairperson Geofrey Sibendire Bigogo says he has engaged the contractor who insists that he is simply executing a plan provided by UNRA. Bigogo says he has written to UNRA Executive Director over what he calls a poor plan but is yet to get feedback.


Bigogo, says that for now he is preparing for a stakeholders meeting and trip to involve all major political offices including that of RDC, Municipal Mayor, Chief Administrative Officer, UNRA Station Manager and the District Engineer to forge a way forward.

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Bigogo adds that the contractor could be constructing the Kasese - Mbarara Road using a design that might have been developed several years back.

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UNRA Resident Engineer Buziya Luswata says they ate reviewing the contract to establish if they can get resources to improve the drainage system on the road.

Luswata, however, appealed to residents of Kasese who stay on the mountain areas to practice better farming methods and avoid deforestation so as to reduce on the amounts of water runoffs that descend from the mountains. 

 

About the author

Kule Jerome Bitswande
Jerome Kule Bitswande is the URN pioneer Bureau Chief-Kasese.

He's passionate to write about public policy, culture and politics.

Before joining URN in April 2018, Jerome had written for Radio One and Two, The Observer and New Vision.

Jerome strongly believes that it is only the common man that has the untold story. And it is that untold story whose narration he wants to be party to.

The two-time Award Winner with Media Challenge Initiative also believes the Kasese and entire Rwenzururu story is yet to be told; it's against that background that when URN assigned him to his cradle, he did not give it a second thought.

Todate, he's fondly called the Rwenzururu Royal Guard by peers and workmates.