The stand poles erected along Katete Bridge in Mbarara city have collapsed destroying to
vehicles in transit. Katete
bridge connects Nyamitanga ward in
Katete cell and
Lugazi village in Kakoba ward in Mbarara City South Division.
The Shillings 24 million stand
poles were constructed four months ago to prevent heavy trucks from using the bridge. Only vehicles carrying 6 tons are allowed to use
Luka Taremwa, whose premio vehicle registration
number UAZ 646R was damaged, blames the mess on shoddy work.
that a truck belonging to Ntugasaze company
registration number UBH 242 J that was coming from the opposite side hit the
top bar forcing the pole to collapse.
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Happy Richard says he has been using the same
bridge without any problem.
He however, says that he heard something hit the top of his vehicle as
he tried to cross on Thursday.
the council for doing shoddy work noting that the bars, cement mixture and the
sand were not fit for constructing such poles.
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Nuwahereza, an engineer with Nanah Constructions, says that such poles need 32-inch bars and not 16
that were used.
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Residents who stay close to the bridge accuse
Mbarara City leadership of doing shoddy work.
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Richard Mugisha, the Mbarara City deputy
clerk says they put up the poles to protect the bridge, which is supposed to be decommissioned.
He says a bridge that has
heavy traffic is meant to be used for only five years but Katete bridge has
been in use for the last 15 years.