Poor state of Mpondwe-Lhubiriha road worries the business community


The business community at the border town of Mpondwe- Lhubiriha has expressed concern over the poor state of the Bwera-Kasese road especially the stretch from Kikorongo to Mpondwe town.

Mr.Zedekia Kambasu Kayiri, one of the Directors at Elite Peak Hotel says the poor state of the road stretch not only affects businesses but also is a recipe for potential fatal accidents.

Kayiiri, who doubles as Kasese Municipality Deputy Town clerk, the road which is now in a deplorable state is making motorists pay through the nose as they have to pay a lot of money maintaining their vehicles.

In December 2021, President Museveni and his Democratic Republic of Congo, Felix Antoine Tshisekedi Tshilombo commissioned a 243.7  billionshillings 233km road project to be constructed in the Democratic Republic of Congo-DRC. The road is being constructed by Dott Services Limited, a Ugandan construction firm.

Last month, Mr. Ramathan Ggobi, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development revealed that Uganda intends to develop some roads in South Sudan to facilitate trade between the two East African countries.

It is against this background that Mr. Kayiri urges government prioritise the Kikorongo-Bwera road that was last constructed in 2006 by SBI international.

Kayiri emphasised the need to review the policy on tax exemptions to enable local businesses also benefit from tax holidays.

The Minister of State for Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities, Mr.Martin Mugara, said that government intends to secure a foreign loan whose money would be used to develop the Kikorongo-Mpondwe Highway.


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