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Bridge Washed Away By heavy Rains In Mitooma

Nchwera Bridge in Bitereko Sub County on River Nchwera from Rukungiri district is one of the bridges that has been destroyed. The Bukaba and Kyanyogwijo Bridges in Bukaba Sub County have been blocked by papyrus leaves.
Papyrus trees being washed away by water entering Kyanyogwijo bridge

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One bridge in Mitooma district has been washed away and two others destroyed by running water following heavy rains that hit the area on Tuesday.

Nchwera Bridge in Bitereko Sub County on River Nchwera from Rukungiri district is one of the bridges that has been destroyed. The Bukaba and Kyanyogwijo Bridges in Bukaba Sub County have been blocked by papyrus leaves.  

Nchwera Bridge, one of the oldest bridges in the district constructed in 1984 connects Bitereko and Mitooma Sub Counties in Ruhinda North County. 

Charity Turinawe, the district councilor for Bitereko Sub County says the destruction of the bridge has cut off all services for the people of Bitereko who have been using the bridge. She says they use the bridge to access Mitooma Health Center IV and the district headquarters.

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//Cue in: “omwanya gweitu ogu…

Cue out: …gwaba mubi munonga.”//

Gervase Tumuhimbise Baguma, the District Councilor Rutookye Town Council blames the wash away on environmental degradation. He says the poor farming practices have left the hills bare nothing that the area is prone to soil erosion and easy flow of much water.  

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Cue out: …on its way.”//  

Benon Karyeija, the chairperson of LC V Mitooma district says he is yet to understand the extent to which the other two bridges were destroyed noting that they are waiting for the water levels to decrease so that the team from the engineering department can assess the damage.

He says he has received only 41 million shillings as road fund for the 2nd quarter which cannot repair the bridge. Karyeija says he will write to the ministry of Works and Uganda National Roads Authority to come to their rescue.

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//Cue in: “budget yangye ainyine…

Cue out: …ekagaruzaho orutindo orwe.”//  

Lemegio Nuwabine, the chairperson LC 2 Nkinga Parish says even though the bridge was washed away it was still in good condition. He said they have now closed the road on both sides to avoid accidents.  

Asaph Arinaitwe, the district Engineer says he is waiting for water levels on the river to decrease so that he starts the process of re-construction in terms of bills of quantities among others.  

Mitooma district has faced the same challenges over the years with the first one happening in 1969 when the Butembo bridge was washed away. Later About 15 years ago Kitagata wetlands were also washed away.

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