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#KampalaPotholeExhibition: Radio host Gaetano Kagwa leads Ugandans in shaming government

Capital FM Uganda’s renowned radio presenter Gaetano Kagwa led his countrymen in shaming his country, politicians and relevant authorities on April 17, 2023, for the countless potholes on Ugandan roads that are also currently filled up with rainwater across the landlocked country.

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“Welcome to #Kampala, #Uganda. The #pothole capital of the world. Please enjoy your stay. 🇺🇬 #KampalaPotholeExhibition @KCCAUG (Kampala Capital City Authority), @UNRA_UG (Uganda National Roads Authority), @ParliamentofUg3 (Parliament of Uganda,” tweeted Gaetano, also the host of The Voice Africa.

He shared a photo of extremely large potholes at a busy Ugandan road intersection where public transportation routed through. His sentiments elicited mixed reactions as sampled below:

“This is a sea. You are now no longer landlocked.. 🤧,” said The African Director.

“You well understand what you’re doing and clearly your target is not improvement on service delivery,” said Ruhima John.

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Using the #KampalaPotholeExhibition, several other Ugandans also posted photos of their damaged roads across the city and country.


In January 2020, the State Minister for Foreign Affairs, Henry Okello Oryem, was quoted in Ugandan media saying that bad roads and potholes could be a part of tourism for people visiting from wealthy countries with no road issues.

Mr Oyrem explained that the city’s road networks had been damaged by prolonged rains prior to January 14, 2020, Committee hearing, and it shouldn’t be a point of concern for anyone.

“For us, a bad road is cause for complaining. But for people in affluent societies who have never experienced getting stuck on a bad road, pushing a car from a ditch can be part of tourism experience,” said Mr Oryem, according to New Vision.

The city’s damaged road network is a far cry from its status as the Pearl of Africa.

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