The authorities declared the bridge risky for travellers on Sunday following destructions by heavy trucks that ply between the two sub-counties to Ihandiro.
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
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
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.
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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.
Basaija is a graduate of Uganda Christian University (UCU-Mukono) holding a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communication.
He also boosts of numerous training's in communication studies.
Before joining URN, he had served as Documentation personnel, Field news reporter, Radio presenter and News Editor.
Basaija is a social critic and a young farmer.
He believes in writing for social change.
At URN Basaija is incharge of Bundibugyo, Bunyangabu and Kasese Districts.