Residents of Bugweri and Bugiri Districts are requesting government assistance to repair a vital road connecting Bupala Village in Bugweri District to Bukooli in Bugiri District. The road developed a massive crater, approximately 40 meters wide, located at the border between Lwanika Village, Nabukalu Sub-county, Bugiri District, and Bupala Village, Buyanga Sub-county in Bugweri District.
The road’s deterioration began in 2018, significantly increasing transportation costs for residents like Mr. Nasur Mukama, who now spends at least Shs3,000 daily compared to the previous Shs1,000.
To address the impassable road, locals collected funds to construct a makeshift bridge, managed by Mr. Erias Wandera, who assists pedestrians, bicycles, and motorcycles to cross for a fee. The bridge, initially serving over 200 motorcycles daily, now accommodates less than 20.
This route is the shortest between Bupala (Bugweri) and Bukooli (Bugiri). Still, due to its inaccessibility, motorists are forced to take a longer route through Idudi, adding five additional kilometers to their journey.
Mr. Hakim Kisakye, a Buwanga Village resident, expressed fear when contemplating crossing the makeshift bridge, emphasizing the additional costs incurred due to multiple daily trips.
Tragically, the road’s condition has claimed lives, with at least three fatalities over the past five years. This danger prompted Mr. Kadome Waiswa, a Lwanika Village resident, to highlight the urgent need for repairs.
Ms. Diana Nandaula, the Busoga East police spokesperson, indicated that she would investigate the matter, advising contact with district authorities, including the Resident District Commissioner’s office.
Mr. Banuli Mukisa, a Bupala Village resident, explained that the road caved in after floods eroded its culverts in 2018. Residents improvised solutions after waiting in vain for district intervention.
The road’s deterioration has also impacted the weekly market day in Lwanika, affecting the local community’s ability to sell rice, cattle, and other goods.
Mr. James Kisuule, the Bugweri District engineer, acknowledged the road’s poor condition and stated that officials are collaborating with Bugiri counterparts to address the issue. They have also sought assistance from the Ministry of Works for a comprehensive solution.