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ISINGIRO LEADERS TASK GOV’T TO TARMAC 120KM ROAD

By Mulengera Reporters

Isingiro District leaders have asked the government to fulfill its promise to upgrade the Isingiro-Ntantamuki-Rakai road. The leaders on Friday tasked Vice President Jessica Alupo to explain why the promise to tarmack the road has never been fulfilled. Alupo was in Isingiro at the launch of Ankole Diocese Savings and Credit Cooperative in Bukanga Sub County.

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According to the National Development Plan III for the financial year 2020/2021, the 120-kilometer road was supposed to be tarmacked.

Godfrey Baine, the chairperson of LCI Rugaaga cell in Rugaaga Town council said that the poor state of the Isingiro-Ntantamuki-Rakai roadhas greatly affected the socio-economic development of the district. He explains that it is one of the roads that benefit the country considering the transit of goods that include Bananas, Cattle, Rice both grown and imported from Tanzania.

Alone Tuhairwe Turahi, the Isingiro LCV Chairperson said that if the road is tarmacked, it will greatly increase the local revenue of the district.

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Nathan Byanyima, the Bukanga West Member of Parliament said that the government should not delay upgrading the road, since the people will not be compensated. He said that tarmacking the road would economically transform the people.

Stephen Kangwagye, the Member of Parliament for Bukanga County says that several Matooke farmers have abandoned business because of the poor state of the road. James Karuhanga, a businessman in Ntantamuki trading center said tarmacking the road would boost trade in the district.

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Alupo in response said that she will together with the area Members of Parliament follow up the matter with the relevant authorities.

Last year in September the Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanja while in Isingiro district said that the government is aware of the poor state of the road, but it is the government plan. She also said that ministries suffered budget cuts due to the covid-19 pandemic–URN. (For comments on this story, call, text or whatsapp us on 0705579994 [whatsapp line], 0779411734, 0200900416 or email us atmulengera2040@gmail.com).

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