By Yosam Gucwaki
Councilors and the residents of Budongo Sub County in Masindi district have petitioned the Masindi district speaker over the poor state of roads in their area.
The councilors led by the district female councilor for Budongo Sub County Beatrace Byenkya delivered a petition signed by 500 residents to the speaker.
One of the roads in question connects Hoima and Masindi districts and it passes through the four villages of Bwinamira, Kimanya, kasongoire and Nyakyeju. Another road connects the three villages of Terera, Rwengeye and Kimanya and it has a bridge which collapsed one year ago.
Timothy Twesige, the secretary for finance Budongo Sub County said that the road which connects Hoima and Masindi is a district road but it has taken five years without being worked on. He added that the road has become impassable and the school going children, pregnant mothers find it hard to move along the road.
He accused Masindi district local government of always neglecting them when it comes to road construction adding that the district always considers other sub counties and yet it is the main source of revenue for Masindi district.
Residents said that they are worried over the poor state of the road since the new term is about to open explaining that their children may not start at the beginning of the new term. They also find it hard to move their produce to the market.
Moses Kirya, the Masindi district speaker hailed the petitioners for not being violent saying that what they did was constitutional.
Kirya promised to write to the district roads engineer such that he could provide him with a comprehensive report about the road.
He also promised to visit the site in two weeks time such that he can assess the magnitude of the problem.
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