Mbale residents decry poor, abandoned works on Kaguta Road

Mbale, (UG):- Residents in Mbale Industrial City Division have expressed their discontentment over the poor and abandoned works on Kaguta Road, following the arrest of the responsible officials who were accused of stealing construction materials of the project in March.

The Road which is named after President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, holds historical significance as one of his escape routes during his time in the bush.

The abandonment of the works according to the disgruntled residents, coupled with the heavy rains has affected the access to schools, businesses and homes by the users.

What’s Up Mbale a social media handle for news on its Facebook Page on Monday 29th April, 2024 posted, “Kaguta Road in Mbale epitomises neglect and mismanagement, affecting both residents and institutions. Once promising, it’s now infamous as one of the city’s worst roads, worsened by abandoned construction efforts.”

“The road’s deterioration hampers access to education and commerce for institutions like IMTAC Institution and Mbale Comprehensive High School,” it added.

Kaguta Road’s decline underscores systemic issues and the urgent need for accountability. As investigations continue, the community demands transparency and rectification. The road’s redemption requires a commitment to the public interest and restoration efforts”.

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The four officials who were arrested in March for mismanaging construction materials included Denis Mwalye, the road Inspector of Mbale City who is also the Site Engineer and Obondo Yunus a truck driver. Others included Abdul Karim and Amuza Mafabi both road gangs. They were arrested and detained by Police of Nauyo Police Station.

The four who are currently battling a court case and have also been interdicted from their respective offices according to Rogers Taitika, the Elgon Regional police spokesperson.

Speaking to DailyExpress in a phone interview, Mr. Gimui Johnson, the Mbale City Senior Engineer said, “They expect to resume works on the abandoned road over the weekend”.

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He added, “Mr. Denis Mwalye the interdicted supervisor of the project has been replaced by Mr. Micheal Masolo, the Deputy City Engineer”.

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