Bridge Collapse Paralyses Transport in Rakai

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Banda Bridge in Kabila Sub County in Rakai has collapsed paralyzing transport. The bridge that crosses over R. Naludugavu connects Kabila Sub County to Kyotera and Kalisizo town council.

Banda Bridge in Kabila Sub County in Rakai has collapsed paralyzing transport. The bridge that crosses over R. Naludugavu connects Kabila Sub County to Kyotera and Kalisizo town council. Local fishermen and traders use it to ferry their fish and merchandise to Kabila, Kalisizo and Kyotera town council.


However, the bridge was washed away last week by heavy rains making it difficult for residents to cross river Naludugavu. Noah Mutenda, the LC 3 chairman Kabila sub county says that more than 300 people who have been using the bridge are now stranded with no alternative route to cross R. Naludugavu.


Haruna Kasolo Kyeyune, MP Kyotera County says the bridge needs to be reconstructed immediately. He however insists there must be value for money because the previous bridge was done poorly making it difficult for residents to cross with ease. Kyeyune says that the material used to construct the bridge was substandard.


Gonzaga Mugabi, a resident of Bukaala says that he is currently stranded with his pineapples because he cannot cross River Naludugavu to Kachanga fishing village where he sells his produce. Mubagi explains that he used to ferry pineapples on his motor bike to Kachanga but he in enable to do the same. He blasts Government for collecting revenue from them and yet it does not maintain its infrastructures.

Benon Bugabi, Rakai LC5 Chairman says the district has ear marked shillings 45 million this financial year to reconstruct Banda bridge. On Saturday last week, Rakai residents blocked Bikila-Kalisizo road to protest the poor state of the road.