The Executive Director of Uganda National Roads Authority [UNRA], Allen Kagina, on Sunday got a feel of how it is to drive on Ugandan impassable roads.
The sole legal UNRA official, on December 13, 2015 got stuck in Kanungu for two hours after her convoy failed to pass through Ihihizo village.
She was returning from Buramizi in Ruhija Sub County on the border between Kabale and Kanungu.
Kagina was in Kanungu district meeting local leaders from areas of Insingiro, Mitooma, Rukungiri, Kisoro, Kabale, Ntungamo and Kanungu districts.
Her visit was aimed at monitoring the state of UNRA roads and for two hours while stuck in mud and potholes, Kagina got the results she was looking for.
Residents gathered on the road sides and looked on with amusement as the UNRA ED sat helpless in her car waiting for a miracle.
The miracle never happened, so Kagina was reduced to begging for help from the residents who have been complaining to the roads authority over poor roads for three years.
Residents told our reporter that they first demanded for money before they could push Kagina’s cars out of piles of mud.
“We have been here suffering during the rainy season and she was in Kampala seated in her airy office,” a resident said.
“Let her also experience what we have been facing for three years.”
After being rescued from one of her impassable roads, Kagina promised to do everything possible and ensure the road is rehabilitated and maintained.
Prior to that incident, Kagina had a consultative meeting with leaders from six districts who explained to her the state of roads in their respective districts as being impassable.
The leaders told her roads needed a special care if President Museveni is to get support from those districts.
However, Kagina promised them to renovate roads and disclosed that since taking over, she has changed everything in the UNRA.
She also vowed to deal with corrupt leaders.
The convoy comprised of King Caesar Mulenga the self-proclaimed Bufumbria King who also promised leaders in Kanungu district that this time round all roads will be renovated.
Mulenga said that they met President Yoweri Museveni recently and that they were given a task to solicit votes in Kigezi region.
Their other role was to sideline Mbabazi of Go Forward and Besigye of FDC.
However, the residents vowed to support their John Patrick Amama Mbabazi or Dr Warren Kiiza Besigye if the government fails to renovate this road.
It should be remembered that it’s the same place where FDC presidential candidate Kiiza Besigye and his convoy faced it hard during his campaign program in Kigezi region last month.
The area councillor, Frank Byaruhanga, who was bitter wondered why Uganda Wild Life Authority [UWA] has failed to renovate the road yet they get a lot of funds from tourism industry in the area.
In November 2015, Members of Parliament on the Water and Sanitation (WASH) committee, got stuck for close to six hours this morning along the 28 kilometer Kyankanda-Karungu-Bitsya road stretch during their monitoring tour of the water and environment projects in the district.
In November 2011, President Museveni’s convoy also got stuck in the same district on the same road in Rugongo village in Karungu sub-county, after the roads became extremely muddy, slippery and impassable following a heavy downpour, forcing him to trek more than four kilometres in the mud, and his bodyguards to carry his mobile toilet.