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Isingiro Receives UGX 500M to Construct Foot Bridge On River Rwizi

Isingiro district has contracted Net world contractors Ltd, which has already produced a design and is expected to deliver the project within six months.
Residents cross Karubanda Village Isingiro cross through River Rwizi to Access Mbarara city

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Isingiro district has secured Shillings 500 million under the Agriculture Cluster Development Project (ACDP) to construct a new bridge on river Rwizi. 

It will replace the old wooden bridge that used to connect between Mbarara and Isingiro districts and was washed away by rains forcing residents to cross through the river.  

Isingiro district has contracted Net world contractors Ltd, which has already produced a design and is expected to deliver the project within six months. 

The proposed suspension footbridge will give quick access to people from Masha Sub County and Mbarara City South Division with the construction of the 13 KM Kabaare – Karugangama – Rukuuba – Ekikoona Road.

Martin Paul Yiga, the Isingiro Deputy Chief Administrative Officer, says that the new bridge will strictly be for pedestrians and riders not exceeding 500 tons.  

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Abu Lubega, the LC One chairperson of Karubanda cell, says currently residents use a longer route to get to Mbarara with their products, arguing that the construction of the bridge will be a big relief. 

Apparently, the residents spend between Shillings 5000 and 7000 to connect to Mbarara, which is expected to drop to between Shillings 2000 and 3000.

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Deborah Mugarura, a resident says that she has been paying Shillings 2000 daily for her children to access school due to the absence of the bridge.

   

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Denis Bizire, the headteacher of Happy Angels Primary school in Masha Sub-county, says that he was forced to hire a boat to help learners living across the river to report to school.  

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Speaking during the handover of the site on Wednesday, the State Minister for Agriculture Bright Rwamirama said the Agricultural Cluster Development Project (ACDP), is one of the projects that is focused on implementing Pillar 1 of the Parish Development Model that aims at supporting the creation of more productive jobs and wealth for all Ugandans.

It mainly targets Agro-Industrialization, Private Sector Development, Digital Transformation, and Manufacturing Programs under the National development plan III.     

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