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Kasese Sub County Authorities Close Damaged Bridge

The authorities declared the bridge risky for travellers on Sunday following destructions by heavy trucks that ply between the two sub-counties to Ihandiro.
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Local leaders in Munkunyu and Kisinga sub-counties in Kasese district have closed Kanyampara bridge, which connects both sub-counties due to damage. 

The authorities declared the bridge risky for travellers on Sunday following destructions by heavy trucks that ply between the two sub-counties to Ihandiro.   

Julius Mukeli, the Kisinga Sub County LC III chairperson told URN on Thursday that the bridge was posing a serious risk to motorists after developing serious cracks.

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Mukeli added that business is currently at a standstill because traders especially those that travel to DR. Congo have no alternative routes. 

He says that the sub-county has forwarded the matter to the district because repairs need expertise.  

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Seith Baluku, the Munkunyu sub-county LC III Chairperson, says that the authorities had no option other than closing the bridge to save lives. 

He says the bridge has taken over 30 years without any major maintenance and repairs.  

  Bosco Ashaba, the officer in Charge of Munkunyu police station notes that they are maintaining surveillance on the bridge to ensure no motorist uses it. 

He cautioned residents against removing the road warning signs to divert traffic.   

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Edmond Bwambale, a resident of Kisinga says pedestrians are risking crossing through the river since the water volumes are low.  

He is concerned that this can be risky for young children and women especially those crossing with luggage.

Jane Biira, a local in Mukunyu says that they have to incur heavy transport costs through alternative routes to connect to Kisinga Sub County.   

Lhukonzo byte   

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Jetress Ithungu the Kasese District LC V vice-chairperson called for calm among residents as the district plans for immediate intervention.

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