KIKUUBE, UGANDA: Residents of Nyaigugu, Kyabasaara, Kyabayanja and Kichanga villages all in Kimbugu Parish, Kabwoya Sub-county in Kikuube district have accused the Kikuube district leaders of neglecting them over the poor state of the Kichanga- Kyabayanja- Kisaru road.
The road which connects Hoima-Fort portal road to Kabwoya- Buhuuka road from Kichanga village via Kyabayanja to Nyaigugu cell is said to be inaccessible due to its sorry status.
Domazo Mugisha a businessman at Nyaigugu trading centre says, as the business community they are finding a lot of hardships to transport their goods and services to Kichanga Market due to poor road networks.
“It’s very hard for us now to transport goods and services from home to Kichanga Market, the Kyabayanya road is in a sorry state and this makes Boda Boda cyclists to fear utilizing the road since it’s utility may result in accidents as well as making losses,” Mugisha said.
Edward Kijina a Boda boda cyclist at Kyabasaara stage and also doubles as a village defence for Kyabasaara cell says as Boda bodas, they are finding it hard to transport passengers through the said road due to fear of incurring losses in case of an accident caused by the muddy road which has stayed for several years without being rehabilitated.
“As leaders for quite a long, we have engaged the higher local authority members of Kikuube district like the District Chairperson Mr Peter Banura, Woman MP Mrs Florence Natumanya and Hon. Francis Kazini the Buhaguzi West MP to seek ways how to rehabilitate the road but all that we get are empty promises,” Mr Kajina said.
Norah Kyaligonza a mother of two and also a resident of Kyabayanja cell says as mothers especially pregnant mothers are finding it hard to get medication from health facilities since the road doesn’t permit them to move.
“We have lost trust in our leaders more especially the women representatives because these people are well versed with all the hardships pregnant women go through, but they have failed to repair this road knowing that pregnant mothers are so delicate and at any time things may turn bad and force us to move at any time but this situation of the road it becomes harsh to some of us,” Mrs Kyaligonza said.
In March 2022 during a burial ceremony of the late young son of the state Minister of Public Services hon. Mary Grace Mugasa, Hon. Florence Natumanya the Kikuube District Woman MP pledged to repair the road in July 2022, a pledge which was not fulfilled up to date.
Meanwhile Peter Banura the Kikuube District Chairperson earlier this year while addressing village chairpersons during the handover of 700 bicycles to village leaders from the ministry of local government said that the poor road network and delayed rehabilitation of Kikuube is mainly due to limited financial support from the Central Government and lack of machinery and equipment for use.
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