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Residents Protest Failure by District to Repair Four Major Bridges

The residents, especially farmers, say it is now very hard for them to transport their farm produce to nearby markets because most of these bridges can no longer be used by vehicles or motorcycles.
12 Dec 2018 13:09
Nsongya Bridge that broke down four months ago.

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Bunyangabu residents are up in arms against district authorities for failing to repair four major bridges that broke down about four months ago. 

The affects are Kyamiyaga - Mahoma - Mituli Bridge in Buheesi Sub County, Muhumbuli - Yerya Bridge in Kisomoro Sub-county, Kitumba - Yerya- Bukuba Brigde in Kabonero Sub-county and Nsongya Bridge in Kisomoro Sub-county.

 

The residents, especially farmers, say it is now very hard for them to transport their farm produce to nearby markets because most of these bridges can no longer be used by vehicles or motorcycles.

 

Godfrey Tumwine, a resident of Buheesi Sub-county, says banana farmers are greatly affected due to the breakdown of Kyamiyaga-Mahoma-Mituli Bridge that is on River Mahoma. He says the district authorities have since banned the use of vehicles and motorcycles on the bridge.

//Cue in: "Orutindo ekinkurutinaho ekintu…

Cue out: … tunkyaferwa ebintu bingi."//

Banana growers in Kisomoro and Kiyombya Sub-counties say that the break down and closure of Nsongya bridge on River Nsongya, has greatly hampered transportation of their produce to markets. The bridge also connects the two Sub-counties,

Clovis Pantaleo, a resident of Kisomoro says Nsongya Bridge also used to serve students of Kibiito Secondary and expectant mothers going to Kibiito Health Center IV among others, but they have since resorted to other longer and expensive routes.

//Cue in: "Ebirimwa ebingi…

Cue out: … na Kibiito mubutale."//

 

Sarah Bagarukayo, the Kisomoro Sub-county LC V Female Councilor, says they intentionally closed the Nsongya bridge because efforts to have it repaired were futile.

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Cue out: … kukoraki, kurukingura."//

The Bunyangabu LC V Chairperson, James Ategeka Mugarama, says that despite the fact that they are aware the bridge broke down, they are financially constrained to repair them.

"We don't have money at all. For instance, we need around Shillings 500 million to repair Nsongya Bridge but we don't have even a single coin. We can only ask people to remain calm as we look for funds to repair the bridges," Mugarama said.