Kanungu Councilors To Meet Museveni Over Poor Roads


visit geneva; font-size: small;”>They claim the poor roads have left the transport sector in the district in a sorry state leading to hiking of transport fares.

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what is ed geneva; font-size: small;”>This was resolved during the district NRM caucus meeting held on Monday at the district council hall.

The councilors want to petition the president for promising to work on their roads during the 2011 presidential election campaign but has not been fulfilled it yet.

Last year, the Mitano Bridge which connects Kanungu district to Rukungiri and beyond collapsed and has not been reconstructed since then.

“We want meet the president and make sure that the construction of our roads is included in the 2013/14 budget,” said the councilors.

Frank Byaruhanga, Kanungu district chairperson for Social Services who is also the Mpungu Sub County councilor, said they want to express their dissatisfaction before Museveni.

“It is a shame that what was an emergency-Mitano bridge construction, has now taken over a year. The government needs to realize the Shs 153m it collects daily from the district through Gorilla tracking,” said Byaruhanga.

“The government has neglected us and yet it fetches a lot of revenue from our protected areas of Bwindi and Queen Elizabeth national parks which we do not benefit from,” he added.

Byaruhanga claims the government collects about Shs 153m every day from tourists on mountain gorilla trucking from Bwindi impenetrable forests and Queen Elizabeth national parks.

Meanwhile, the Kihihi Town Council Councilor, James Kabiruka, alleges that the government takes people of Kanungu for granted as if they are not Ugandan citizens claiming it is the reason why their grievances have not been worked upon.

The district engineer, Brenda Matsiko, told the meeting that the temporary bridge was possible though the government needs to build a permanent one.

Transport fares from Kanungu district to Rukungiri have since the fall of the Mitano Bridge doubled from Shs 5000 to Shs 20,000 for the public means.


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