“We are experiencing a lot of problems while transporting our clients and luggage via this substandard road including several others in this region,” Mr. Jacob Ofwera, the group’s chairperson told journalists. He was flanked by Mr. Rajab Kumbuti.
According to the operators, besides trade and communication activities, the poor state of the road was also adversely affecting, teachers and learners in schools within the area.
The two cited a recent incident in which students at Silungai Boys Secondary escaped death narrowly when their school bus veered off the impassable road before it rolled into a roadside ditch.
“The students were returning from an academic tour at the time of the accident,” disclosed Ofwera.
The protesters alleged their numerous appeals to elected leaders, requesting for the rehabilitation of poor roads in the area have been futile, “Hence our unanimous decision to demonstrate over the same,” added Kumbuti.
They now want Lugari Member of Parliament, Ayub Savula and his Malava counterpart, Malulu Injendi to urgently step in and help address the problem.
“Otherwise, we will continue demonstrating until when something sensible will be done to this road,” warned Ofwera.