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.
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.
Bridge, one of the oldest bridges in the district constructed in 1984 connects
Bitereko and Mitooma Sub Counties in Ruhinda North County.
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
“omwanya gweitu ogu…
…gwaba mubi munonga.”//
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.
“what has happened…
Cue out: …on
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.
“budget yangye ainyine…
…ekagaruzaho orutindo orwe.”//
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.
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.
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.