Abandoned Kabale-Kisoro Road Threatens Accidents & Disruptions

By Obed Kankiriho

RUBANDA – The spot section of abandoned Kabale-Kisoro Road by National Roads Authority (UNRA) at Bwara village, Hamurwa town council in Rubanda district is threatening accidents among residents and road users.

The collapse of this road section on May 4, 2023, has resulted in heavy traffic congestion on both sides. As a significant route linking Uganda to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Rwanda, its closure has prompted UNRA to divert traffic to alternative routes of 88KM Katuna-Rubaya-Muko and 20KM Kabale-Lake Bunyonyi-Kachwekano-Rubona-Heisesero roads.

The collapse and abandonment of construction works have significantly disrupted transportation and caused inconvenience to the local community, affecting their daily lives and economic activities. Additionally, the situation poses a serious threat of accidents, creating hazardous conditions for vehicles, pedestrians, school children, and even cattle.

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Residents and road users urgently call upon UNRA to fulfill its promises and swiftly resume repairs to ensure the safety and accessibility of the road.

CUE IN RESIDENTS & ROAD USERS…. ON THE MATTER……RR//

Rubanda district Chairperson, Stephen Ampeire Kasyaba, expressed his apprehension about the anticipated rains this month, which may exacerbate the already vulnerable state of the road, leading to further damage.

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In response to the concerns, Allan Ssempebwa, the UNRA spokesperson, assured that repairs are underway, despite equipment breakdown. However, he did not provide a specific timeline for when the road would be fully functional again. Ssempebwa also mentioned that they are in the process of procuring additional materials to aid in the restoration efforts.

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CUE IN SSEMPEBWA…. ON RESPONSE……ENG//

The situation on the Kabale-Kisoro Road highlights the critical need for UNRA to prioritize the repair work to minimize disruptions, ensure road safety, and alleviate the hardships faced by the local community and travelers relying on this vital route.

 

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