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Ugandans mock level of potholes in the country

Ugandans took to Twitter to mock the country’s state of roads under #KampalaPotholeExhibition hashtag, a hilarious trend assessing the country’s roads.

Uganda and East Africa lags in infrastructure that usually falls to disrepair especially during the rainy seasons, damaging vehicles and increasing cost and time of transportation.  

Commentators say the state of roads can be a good indicator on the development of a country. Dr Ian Clarke in his autobiography How Deep Is This Pothole? says if one wanted a quick indicator of the level of development of any country the pothole index is an easy parameter. Uganda would feature badly having redefined roads as a series of potholes with intervening tarmac.

In Kenya there has been an increase in roads constructed but the recent rains and predictions of El Niño event may develop in the coming months after three consecutive years of an unusually stubborn and protracted La Niña risk sweeping away former President Uhuru Kenyatta’s infrastructure legacy.

Roads and Transport Cabinet Secretary Kipchumba Murkomen says the government have enlisted contractors to repair Momabsa road, an important east African artery that has fallen to disrepair with sections of the road flooding on the onset of rains.

The government said they will dispatch Kenya National Highways Authority to undertake drainage works along the road.

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