Residents in Rubanda and Kanungu districts are expressing their dissatisfaction with the deteriorating condition of the Hamurwa-Kerere-Kanungu road, describing it as impassable, particularly during rainy weather.
This 47km road plays a crucial role in connecting Kabale, Rubanda, and Kanungu districts, as well as serving as a link between Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo through the Ishasha border.
Despite assurances from the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) to address the road’s issues, locals report that no significant improvements have been made. The road is plagued by potholes, and its surface becomes slippery in wet conditions.
Joab Niwabine, a boda boda cyclist in Kihihi Town Council (Kanungu District), and Elly Niyonziima, a resident of Kerere (Rubanda District), have highlighted the adverse impact on farmers who are unable to transport their produce to markets in Kabale town.
Elisha Niwaha, a taxi driver, emphasized that the road’s poor state has led to an increase in transport costs from Kanungu to Kabale, rising from 20,000 to 25,000 shillings.
Steven Ampeire Kasyaba, the Rubanda District Chairperson, stressed the urgency of addressing the road’s condition, especially considering its connection to tourist attractions that contribute revenue to the government. Kasyaba specifically mentioned the Hamurwa floating bridge in Hamurwa town council, which frequently floods during rainfall.
Allison Abenawe, the UNRA Kabale Station Manager, acknowledged awareness of the road’s condition and reported that a team has been dispatched to fill the potholes along the route.