Nyamwamba River Gradually Eroding Rukoki Bridge

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In short
The river, which originates from the glaciers of Rwenzori Mountains, flows through Kilembe Mines with at least 15 kilometers downstream from Kilembe mines. It branches through River Rukoki which flows into a wide stream of wetlands bordering the north shores of Lake George.

River Nyamwamba valley is gradually washing away Rukoki bridge on Kasese-Fort-portal highway near Kasese airfield.

The river, which originates from the glaciers of Rwenzori Mountains, flows through Kilembe Mines with at least 15 kilometers downstream from Kilembe mines.  It branches through River Rukoki which flows into a wide stream of wetlands bordering the north shores of Lake George.

However, it has since become a threat to communities, businessmen and transporters.

Constructed ten years ago, Rukoki Bridge, a key route for the business community from both Kasese town and Democratic Republic of Congo through Fort-Portal is now wrecked.  Water flow from the river has eaten up to five feet of the Rukoki Bridge walls.

Joseph Katswera, the Kasese District Natural Resource's Officer observes a need for de-silting and re-coursing the river from Kilembe mines area to pave way for smooth running of the waters without affecting the bridge walls. He says the de-silting and re-coursing process requires about 40 billion Shillings.

However, Godfrey Kabyanga, the Mayor of Kasese Municipality says a Memorandum of Understanding has already been signed between central government and Arab contractors to de-silt and re-course the entire river Nyamwamba to its proper flow channel.

Kabyanga however says the process has been delayed by the current rains the district is experiencing but gave hope that de-silting and training will soon start.