Kabale municipality residents vow to ‘plant’ banana tubers in multiple potholes   

Kabale municipality residents vow to ‘plant’ banana tubers in multiple potholes   

By Byamukama Libino

Kabale – Residents of Kekubo Cell and Kirigime Ward southern division Kabale municipality have vowed to plant banana stem tubers on the roads after the authorities neglected renovations works for long.

 Rukonjo road that connects to Kyikungiri Church, Kamukyira Health center IV and Kabale National Teachers Training College (NTC) and Kabale town at large are all in a sorry state.

Speaking to Wallnetnews, the aggrieved residents Byomuhangi Pius, Harriet Ayebare and Alex Ahimbisibwe a boda boda rider said that the roads in question connect to Kamukira Health center IV and other learning institutions in the area and also it’s used by many people in the area like students and the business community.

 They added that their lives, school going children children and the patients to Kamukyira Health center IV are in danger because of the potholes in the roads and the situation becomes worse when it rains.

The residents said that they earlier engaged the Kabale district local government to save the situation but they were shocked to hear that it has no capacity to construct a tarmac road saying that it should be worked on by the central government.

“The roads are no longer useful to us, we are going to plant banana stem tubers. It’s better to harvest a bunch of mattock than losing lives over the potholes on these roads,” the aggrieved residents added.

The chairperson LC2 of Kirigime Ward Hamisi Ssalongo said that the potholes in Rukonjo road are alarming

Ssalongo added that he recently had a division meeting about the state of roads in his area and was told by top leaders that construction of the above roads are in the pipeline

 He however showed expressed fear and the likelihood of losing lives due to the deadly potholes in the roads mostly especially in the festive season where boda boda riders will be riding at high speed competing for customers.

He called upon the government to come to their rescue by tarmacking the road with modern trenches in the area.

When contacted, the Kabale district Town Clerk Justine Mulinzi Barekye said that the district is aware of the challenges people of Kirigime are facing. She promised that within a month the road will be tarmacked

The southern division chairperson Mackline Batware said that they were waiting for Multiplex Construction Company Limited, a company contracted to upgrade three roads in Kabale municipality i.e. 0.76 kilometer Bwankosa road that connects to Nyerere Avenue, and Kabale shopping center , 0.34KM Bushekwire road that connects Kabale shopping center to Kabale main road in central division and the 2.49km road that connects the diocesan headquarters to the Katuna-Kabale-Mbarara highway, all valued at Ugx21.7b

On 9th September 2022, Kabale municipality residents led by the Kabale Municipality MP  Dr. Nicolas Thaddeus Kamara petitioned Parliament over the contractor’s delayed completion of the municipal roads

Kamara said that they want the government to intervene and investigate the conduct of business in the project before it’s too late and efforts be made to save taxpayers money.

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