The rains washed away bridges connecting Mitooma to Ntungamo, Rukungiri, Kanungu and Democratic Republic of Congo.
Farmers in Mitooma are bearing the brunt of the poor road network following the destruction of various bridges by torrential rains in the district in August last year. The rains washed away bridges connecting Mitooma to Ntungamo, Rukungiri, Kanungu and Democratic Republic of Congo.
As a result, farmers erected temporarily bridges to help them cross Kenzobu, Kashaha, Kyanyongwijo and Kabukyera swamps in order to access the nearest produce markets. Charity Mutungi, the Mitooma district production secretary says residents in the area majorly depend on agriculture for their survival.
Mutungi says that many farmers are stuck with their produce because of the destruction of major bridges. He says that in addition to failure to market their produce, farmers in the area have failed to send back their children to school due to lack of funds.
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Robert Muhwezi Kyatuka, a coffee farmer in Mutara Sub County says that the coffee prices have considerably reduced since the bridges were washed away.
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Francis Asiimwe Katsyomezo, Mitooma district Vice LC V chairman is worried that if it continues raining many lives could be lost because of the using the makeshift bridges.
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Katsyomezo says that the destruction of the bridges has caused a big loss to the district in terms of local revenue collection forcing the authorities to abandon monitoring and co-funding of key programs such as Naads. He says that they been collecting shillings 142 million as local revenue but since disaster struck the district they were able to collect only 69 million shillings.
He says that as a result of the poor local revenue collection, they were forced to suspend the construction of the district administration block.
6 major bridges washed away by heavy rains
mitooma district vice chairperson francis asiimwe
farmers stuck with agricultural produce