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Ishaka-Kagamba Road Still Intact 4 Years after Construction



Unlike shoddy work that is in some cases done on most Ugandan roads which makes them impassable shortly after construction, Ishaka – Kagamba road constructed by Dott services limited, fully funded by the Government of Uganda is still intact 4 years after construction.

Dott services limited, the contractor of the road officially handed it over to Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) on June 30, 2016.

The road has significantly facilitated not only the transportation of goods but also shortened the distance between various districts and helped control traffic on other roads.

The distance from Kasese to Ntungamo via Bushenyi district has been shortened and transportation of goods especially cement from Hima eased due to the presence of the road.

The 35-kilometer road stretch from Ishaka town in Bushenyi district to Kagamba in Ntungamo has eased transportation of people and trucks taking much less time compared to before.

Eng Jamesone Olonya, the Dott services contracts manager explained how the road has shortened the distance, curbed traffic, and facilitated transport especially trucks carrying cargo mainly cement from Hima in Kasese district.

Jamesone Olonya the contracts manager Dott services limited.

According to the information from UNRA, there was a need to shorten the distance to Kasese especially Hima because of the cement that comes from there.

“So, if you notice, from Ntungamo to Mbarara, it would be about 64 kilometers and then Mbarara to Ishaka, it’s another 61 kilometers. So that’s about 125 kilometers. But if you use that Kagamba – Ishaka road, Ntungamo to Kagamba is 15 kilometers and then Kagamba to Ishaka is 35 kilometers, so that is 50. So, if you take 50 from 125, you will get a difference of almost 75 kilometers,” said Olonya.

“It has helped a lot with traffic because when the community has been used to a gravel road and then all of a sudden you pave it, people will begin crossing anyhow and then they get hit. But because of this road facture, you find that the level of accidents is reduced. You may never stop it completely but reduces quite a bit,” he added.

On the initial contract sum which was 97 billion shillings, Olonya said, there was a small variation that inflated it to 101 billion shillings.

Asked whether as a contractor he came across some challenges, Olonya said that the actual physical work began in 2014 although the contract was signed in 2011. This, he said, was caused by the time spent by UNRA settling issues of the project affected persons.

“These were the biggest challenges because the contract was signed in 2011 November and the instruction to commence the work should have been in February 2012. However, there were a lot of properties that were within the construction corridor with the alignment of the road. This made UNRA take nearly 2 years to sort out the matters of people affected by the project,” he said.

The road was officially handed over to UNRA on the 30th of June 2016.

Further, due to the nature of the terrain characterized by very steep slopes, Olonya said, there was a lot of cutting to get the width of the road which in turn required a lot of property.

Gabions constructed to protect the road from running water and erosion.

The aspect of weather, 800 meters of spring water which was never picked up in the design, the swamps between steep hills where the road was passing were among the hindrances encountered.

On the steep slopes, gabions and trenches were constructed to protect the road from getting damaged by the running water and erosion. Olonya said drainage is the life of a road.

“Here we thought quite a lot in terms of design because the volume of water here and the speed by which it would be going down, it would eat up the road and the life is the road is really drainage. If the drainage is not good, even if you do a very good pavement, it will get spoilt,” said Olonya.

We asked John Kambeho, a resident of Ishaka town how he felt about the road and he applauded the work done by the contractor.

“The road was constructed excellently. The tarmac is not slippery,” said Kambeho.

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Muntu Blocked in Kamwenge



Alliance for National Transformation presidential candidate Gen. Mugisha Muntu has been blocked from campaigning in Kamwenge according to a statement he released earlier today.Below is the full statement:

Today in Kamwenge, as we have done since the start of the campaign season, we headed out to speak with the people. We had earlier in the week agreed on the venue with security agencies. No one had anticipated that it would rain as much as it did, making it impossible for us or the people to access.

After identifying an alternative place only 100m away from the original venue, negotiating with the owner and communicating the same to the public, we headed to the second venue only to be stopped by police.

Our policy has always been to do all we can to be reasonable, even in the face of unreasonable action on the part of the state. We engaged the police leadership in a civilized, respectable manner well knowing that they intended to not only frustrate us, but cause us to act in ways that would give them an excuse to cause chaos. This was on top of their intimidating the radio we had booked and duly paid to appear on.

While we are confident that we are on the right side of both the law and reason, we have chosen not to endanger the lives of our supporters or the general public by escalating the situation. We will do everything humanly possible to avoid a single life being lost or blood being shed on account of our campaign.

And yet this truth remains: the regime’s days are numbered.



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Is Johnson Byabashaija courting Enid Kukunda for protection?



The very amiable Commissioner General of Prisons Canon Johnson Byabashaija was recently sighted with President Y K Tibuhaburwa Museveni’s second wife Enid Kukunda as the two had a very secretive meeting in one of the city hangouts.

According to our informers, the two seem to be in a deep conversation that they wouldn’t allow a housefly pass around. However, sources further reveal that Byabashaija could have courted the second lady for protection given that he has amassed a lot of wealth and could be a subject of investigations.

Our sources reveal that Byabashaija who carries himself as Mr.I know it all hasn’t met Madam Enid alone but a host of others with connections to the centre of power in the country.

We will bring you more detail

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Bobi Wine released on Bail



Presidential candidate and kyadondo East legislator Hon. Robert Kyagulanyi Sentamu has been realeased on bail by the Iganga magistrates court where he appeared to defend himself against accusations of flouting COVID-19 campaign SOPs. A defiant Kyagulanyi took the opportunity to blast the incumbent Yoweri Museveni, whom he accuses of using state power to quell dissident.

This follows a tense week that has seen thousands injured and several dead following Hon. Kyagulanyi’s arrest earlier this week. Demonstrations and riots erupted in many parts of the country and heavy police and army deployment was seen all over the country.

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