As the rains worsen around the country, the downpour has not only had diverse effects on the people living in mountainous and sloppy areas of the countryside but has also had a great impact on Kampala city dwellers.
Apart from leaving many low land suburbs flooded, breaking and damaging the sewage system. The rains have ravaged most of the city’s already dilapidated roads.
High water volumes have bursting of many open water channels causing floods which have destroyed numerous homes and businesses in areas such as Natete, Nalukolongo, Ndeeba, Kawempe, Kasokokoso, Bwaise, Kalerwe among others.
Besides, the floods have had a gross impact on the transport system especially in the city centre and its suburbs.
In Kampala, the roads affected by the continuous downpours are Ntinda – Kiira road, Old Portbell road, Martin road, Kinawataka-Mbuya Road, 7th and 8th street industrial area, Nakawa to Kireka among others.
Damages to these roads has since created a lot of traffic jam, forcing commuter motorists to hike transport fares..
Traffic officers who spoke this website confirmed that motorists spend a lot of time negotiating the pot holed roads hence causing long traffic jams throughout the day and increased accidents.
Motorists who spoke to chimp corps expressed concern about the dilapidated roads saying that potholes have also led to increased damages of vehicles on a daily basis hence calling upon authorities to fix them in the shortest time possible.
Public transport users too have also been affected, as taxi fares have been doubled in many parts of the city due to heavy traffic jam caused by the impact of heavy rains onto the roads.
Taxi operators have increased the fares to at least one thousand shillings on top of the usual charges attributing it the heavy traffic jams due to potholes on most city roads.
Mr Bashir Kamoga, a taxi driver operating along Old Portbell road told chimp corps that they have increased fares from shillings 1000/= to 2500/= due to the long time they spend in jam and increased mechanical breakdowns.
“Since the rains intensified, the roads have broken down, we waste a lot of time on the trips and our vehicles also get damaged. Therefore we decided to increase the fare to cater for time and repairs we incur every day,” he said
Likewise fares in other parts such as Mukono, Seeta, Bweyogerere, Kireka and other areas in Kampala have also been increased from the normal rates.
This has not only affected taxis and private vehicles but also boda bodas have increased charges from the normal prices.