Majority of Ugandan road users are currently unhappy with the status of the roads in the country, according to the 2016 Road User Satisfaction survey that was carried out by CrossRaods.
The report which was launched today by the Uganda Road Fund (URF) at the Kampala Serena Hotel indicates that 62.7%of Ugandans who were surveyed were dissatisfied with the road experience due to different factors.
Factors like narrow roads, potholes, poor drainage, inadequate road maintenance and dust were among those that were mainly highlighted as the main causes of this dissatisfaction.
The same report showed a decline in the percentage of people who are satisfied with the roads from 53.2%in 2015 to 37.3% in 2016.
While launching the survey, the Executive Director URF Eng. Micheal M. Odongo, said the report was an indicator for the government to increase on money for maintaining and rehabilitating roads.
“Most of the factors started are just maintenance factors. Issues of dust, potholes can easily be dealt with if there was money to do the maintenance. We ask the government to look into these factors and respect the views of these road users and avail the funds to make the road experience better one for Ugandans,” Odongo said.
The Minister for Finance Matia kasaija who officiated the launch said they will look into the maintenance road fund in the next financial year as well as add on the number of tarmacked roads.
“On issues of roads, we are al o the same page. Roads are the main catalyst for development and economic growth hence the need for us to continue prioritizing our infrastructure development.”
The survey which started in 2012 is done annually by CrossRoads with support from United Nations and Department for International Development (DFID).
In other findings, the survey indicated that only 48.3% of Ugandans felt Safe on the roads, a fall from the 51% in 2015. Reasons for feeling unsafe included bad driving by motorists, congestion of boda bodas, lack of pathways and potholes.
Also the survey indicated that road users from eastern Ugandan were the least satisfied while those from the west were the highly satisfied users.