Sibendere Bigogo Geoffery the kasese District chairperson says the construction of this bridge is a big relief to residents in both sub counties who have been facing enormous challenges-especially in terms of accessing their gardens and markets on both sides.
Kasese District suffered two waves of flash floods on May 7 and on May 10 after rivers Nyamwamba, Mubuku, Nyamughasana and Lubhiliha bursting their banks and water spilled into communities sweeping among others Kilembe hospital, and Kilembe mines.
The structure, whose construction started two years ago, was facilitated by the government of Uganda with funding from the African Development Bank (ADB) under the Markets and Agricultural Improvement Project (MATIP).
The market, which will accommodate about 800 vendors, will house food stalls, restaurants, banks, clinics, salons, fruit and vegetable stands, butcheries and a daycare centre. It consists of 467 stalls and 311 lockup shops.
The 14.7-kilometre road on the mountainous area is constructed under the low-cost seal program, an innovative technology aimed at improving all-weather rural roads and reducing gravel loss through utilizing locally available resources.
Many of the youths in these sectors say that their activities were greatly affected by the COVID-19 lockdown, and as a result, they depleted their saving, yet the government has maintained a ban on their operations. They now wish to turn to commercial agriculture for survival.
Eric Katengo, a coffee farmer in Kalingwe, Kisinga Sub County, says both the curfew and ban on carrying passengers has affected the quality and volume of coffee they supply. He says buyers who use private means have seemingly halted business.