The bridge that used to connect Ntunda and Kasawo sub-counties and as well as acting as a shortcut linking Kayunga and Mukono districts was washed away by heavy rains in 2019, paralyzing transport between the districts. Engineer William Kabiiho, the Assistant Commissioner in charge of National Roads and Bridges in the Ministry of Works says reconstructing of the bridge will cost 2.139 billion Shillings.
Construction of a 1.42-kilometre bridge on River Ssezibwa in Kasawo Sub County,
Mukono district has been launched.
The bridge that used to connect Ntunda and Kasawo sub-counties and as well as acting as a shortcut joining Kayunga district to Mukono
district was washed away by heavy rains in 2019, paralyzing transport between the
According to EngineerWilliam Kabiiho, the Assistant
Commissioner in charge of National Roads and Bridges in the Ministry of Works and
Transport, reconstructing of the bridge will cost 2.139 billion Shillings.
says they awarded the work to Al-Mubarak Contractors Limited and that the work will
be done within 12 months.
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LCV Mukono district Chairperson, Rev Peter Bakaluba says they had to engage the government
on the road as they could no longer manage its construction.
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also cautioned the contractors against delayed works and asked the ministry of
works and transport to release funds so that the contractors can work within
the given timeframe.
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The Mukono Resident District Commissioner-RDC
Fatuma Ndisaaba Nabitaka says that producing shoddy work is a bad way of spending
taxpayers' money. She warned the area chairpersons against conniving
with residents to steal the contractor’s fuel meant to do the work hence
delaying the completion of the construction works.
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works come as a relief to the residents who have been spending a lot of money
on transportation and had also posed a risk to their lives.
Naluwembe, a resident, says they have spent a lot of money on transport as they
have go around passing via Kayunga to sell their goods.
“We have to take a longer route through Kayunga
which costs more money and has left others counting losses because their
produce got spoilt on the way to the market,” she says.
Rashid Mpiirito says that people suffered losses as a result of the collapse of the bridge. He believes that the
reconstruction of the bridge will lead to development in the area.
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James Mulindwa, the mayor Kasawo town council says
that they faced difficulties transporting their agricultural produce to the
market because the transport boats are too small to accommodate them.
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Dan Nsiiro, the Nkoko village chairperson, also reveals
that they have lost a number of people who had drowned while trying to cross the
river since its collapse.
“We have lost people especially strangers in the
area who ride motorcycles at night without knowing that the bridge was washed
away,” he says.
In 2019, after the bridge being washed away and the delay by
government and district officials to work on the road, the residents resorted
to making a makeshift bridge and using small boats to cross the bridge to their
different destinations. However, this was only used by motorcyclists and
pedestrians. Those with vehicles used Ntunda–Kyabazaala–Kayunga road to Mukono,
which is a one and a half hour drive.
fee of between 1,000 shillings to 2,000 shillings was being collected from the
makeshift bridge users for maintenance and when the makeshift was also destroyed by
the increasing water levels on the river, one would spend 2,000 shillings to
cross on the small boat while motorcyclists and those with heavy luggage spent 5,000 shillings.