Locals build makeshift bridge over R. Sezibwa

Monday December 2 2019

Initiative. A makeshift bridge on River

Initiative. A makeshift bridge on River Sezibwa, which residents constructed as they wait for assistance from government. photo fred muzaale 


Mr Badru Kafumbe, the Kasawo Sub-county chairperson, at the weekend said they built a makeshift bridge after district authorities and Uganda National Roads Authority delayed to fix the road.
“Through community work, we decided to put poles across the river so that residents can be saved from the burden of paying exorbitant fees to canoe operators to cross the flooded section,” Mr Kafumbe said.
The canoe operators have been charging Shs2,000 for each trip and Shs4,000 for one with a motorcycle or bicycle to cross the stretch, which is about 50 metres long.
Mr Kafumbe said the bridge is a shorter route for travellers from Ntunda Sub-county to Mukono Town.
He added that the State Minister for Works, Gen Katumba Wamala, promised that the ministry would fix the bridge after the heavy rain has receded.
Mr Andrew Ssenyonga, the Mukono District chairperson, said they do not have funds to fix the bridge, adding that there are other roads in the area that are impassable.
Mr Philly Ssenzira, the Ntunda Sub-county chairperson, said traders with cars have to pass via Kayunga Town, which is a longer route.
Last month, the Uganda National Meteorological Authority issued a statement warning of heavy rain and flooding in urban and low lying areas, mudslides in mountainous areas and lightning strikes coupled with strong winds.

unra response
While inspecting the damaged section of the road and bridge recently, Ms Allen Kagina, Unra executive director, said it would be renovated. The roads authority asked for Shs74 billion for emergency response following the collapse of bridges and roads in several parts of the country as a result of the heavy rain.