Isingiro district has
secured Shillings 500 million
under the Agriculture Cluster Development Project (ACDP) to construct a new bridge on river Rwizi.
It will replace the
old wooden bridge that used to connect between Mbarara and Isingiro districts and was washed away by
rains forcing residents to cross through the river.
Isingiro district has contracted Net
world contractors Ltd, which has already
produced a design and is expected to deliver the project within six months.
The proposed suspension footbridge will give quick access to people from Masha Sub County and Mbarara City South
Division with the construction of the
13 KM Kabaare – Karugangama – Rukuuba – Ekikoona Road.
Martin Paul Yiga, the Isingiro Deputy Chief Administrative Officer,
says that the new bridge will strictly be for pedestrians and riders not exceeding 500 tons.
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Abu Lubega, the LC One chairperson of Karubanda cell, says currently residents use a longer route to get to Mbarara with their products, arguing that the construction of the bridge
will be a big relief.
Apparently, the residents spend between Shillings 5000
and 7000 to connect to Mbarara, which is expected to drop to between
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Deborah Mugarura, a resident says that she has
been paying Shillings 2000 daily for
her children to access school due to the absence of
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Denis Bizire, the headteacher of Happy Angels Primary school
in Masha Sub-county, says that he was
forced to hire a boat to help learners living across the river to report to
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Speaking during the handover of the site
on Wednesday, the State Minister
for Agriculture Bright Rwamirama said the Agricultural Cluster Development
Project (ACDP), is one of the projects that is focused on implementing Pillar 1
of the Parish Development Model that aims at supporting
the creation of more productive jobs and wealth for all Ugandans.
It mainly targets Agro-Industrialization,
Private Sector Development, Digital Transformation, and Manufacturing Programs
under the National development plan III.