Denis Kapigo, a resident of Bweeza village in Kitojo parish and Eddie Mugisha, Rwamucucu sub-County LC V councillor, say although the problem has lasted for over a week, it escalated on Monday afternoon following heavy rains that lasted for about three hours.
submerged Rushebeya-Kitaraka Footbridge in Rwamucucu Sub County in Rukiga
district affecting the movement of residents. The half-kilometre footbridge snakes
through Kitanga-Rushebeya wetland and connects Burime and Nyakagabagaba
parishes in Rwamucucu Sub County as well as Kitunga and Ngoma parishes in
Kashambya Sub County.
connects to Rwempisi primary school, Rwempisi Vocational Secondary School,
Kihorezo Primary and Secondary School, Rwanjura and Kirundwe Health Centre IIs.
However, the footbridge has been submerged for the past week resulting from
flooding triggered by heavy rains. Residents say Rukiga district authorities
haven’t come to their aid.
Kapigo, a resident of Bweeza village in Kitojo parish and Eddie Mugisha,
Rwamucucu sub-County LC V councillor, say although the problem has lasted
for over a week, it escalated on Monday afternoon following heavy rains that
lasted for about three hours.
the duo, residents are now finding difficulties to cross to either side of the
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Taremwa, a resident of Burime and Roland Magaba, a resident of Ibumba parish,
says a team of officials from the District and the Works and Transport Ministry
visited the footbridge sometime back and promised to upgrade it but to date nothing
has been done.
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Atuheire Byaruhanga, another resident says energetic men have now turned the
problem into a source of income. They charge Shillings 2,000 to carry people
across the wetland.
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Efforts to talk to the Rukiga District Engineer James Kiganda were futile because
of his known mobile telephone number was off. Jackson Muganiizi, the Rukiga District
LC V Vice-Chairperson attributes the delayed rehabilitation of the footbridge to
misunderstandings between district authorities and area leaders.