Road users on Katuna-Muko road are angry at the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) for allegedly abandoning rehabilitation works on the 65.5km road that connects Katuna and Ryakarimira town councils, Rubaya and Butanda Sub counties in Kabale district to Muko and Bufundi Sub counties in Rubanda district.
On January 18th, 2019, UNRA started rehabilitating the road, following a long public outcry over its poor state.
The Authority committed to expand the road, grade, open drainages and add first class murram.
However, UNRA only opened the road for a distance of about 15kilometers from Katuna to Lyakarimira town council and abandoned the works.
Rev. Canon Jack Katarishangwa, a resident of Nyombe in Butanda Sub County says this has left transport crippled.
Katarishangwa says because the road is currently impassable, locals have opted to using canoes to via Lake Bunyonyi connect to Harutinda landing site before boarding taxis to and from Kabale town.
Samuel Ndibeshe, the Kabutuku village LC1 Chairperson in Butanda Sub County says whenever it rains, the road becomes slippery due to mud and huge stones that were not removed from the road. He says that
Gad Rugaaju Ahimbisibwe, the Kabale deputy Resident District Commissioner says over the past two and a half months he has been engaging UNRA to resume works in vain.
Our reporter could not find a comment from the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) Manager for Kabale district Eng Augustine Kabanda, who didn’t return calls.