Breaking

Muyembe-Namalu-Nakapiripirit Road Cut Off as Heavy Rains Destroy Chesebere Bridge

Top story
John Sabila John, Kikobero village LC I Vice-Chairperson and elder, says the damaged bridge had outlived its lifespan. He has asked the government to intervene immediately and save people from the kind of suffering they are going through.
The broken Bridge on Muyembe Namalu Road

Audio 3

Transport is paralyzed along Muyembe-Namalu-Nakapiripirit road following the collapse of Chesebere Bridge in Bunambutye Sub County in Bulambuli district as a result of heavy rains.

Heavy rains have been pounding the district for over a month now. Muyembe-Namalu-Nakapiripirit road is an alternative route to Karamoja. The collapse of Chesebere Bridge has now forced travellers to use the longer Mbale-Soroti-Moroto road. 


A group of youths have set up a makeshift bridge for pedestrians and cyclists.  Pedestrians and motorcyclists using the makeshift bridge pay Shillings 1000 and 2000 respectively. John Nangai, a farmer, says he was on his way to Bulambuli Town to buy herbicides for his tomato farm but found the bridge is no more. 

John Sabila John, Kikobero village LC I Vice-Chairperson and elder, says the damaged bridge had outlived its lifespan.  He has asked the government to intervene immediately and save people from the kind of suffering they are going through. 

 

Swahili byte

//Cue in: “Yi Bridge … 

Cue out:…kukwenda paale”//  

Constant Mooli, the Bunatunga Village Chairperson where the broken bridge is found, says those using the makeshift bridge are suffering to pay money.   

Lumasaba byte  

//Cue in: “Kugana gavumenti…  


 

Cue out:…elongose bridge”// 

Idd Chepsikor, whom our reporter found riding a motorcycle to Kapchorwa from Kween District, accused youths in the area of taking advantage of the situation to extort money from the road users in the name of helping them.

He asked the concerned authorities to intervene and help those who are unable to pay for using the makeshift bridge.

Allan Ssempebwa, a Senior Communications Officer in Uganda National Roads Authority told Uganda Radio Network that a team from the authority has already inspected the broken bridge is working around the clock to erect a temporal the bridge, as they wait for the road upgrade works to start.

He said they have created a diversion on the road and asked road users to use Mbale Soroti road, saying construction of the temporary bridge will take a week’s time.

//Cue in: “Our teams went… 

Cue out:…the interim”//  

Government has earmarked the 92km Muyembe-Namalu-Nakapiripirit road for reconstruction with funding from the Islamic Development Bank to a tune of Shillings 399.9billion. The construction work was awarded to M/S Polat Yol Yapi San. Ve Tic. A.S of Turkey in June 2018.  

Images 2