Frustrated Kanungu Residents Raise Funds For Broken Bridge


website like this stomach geneva; font-size: small;”>Mitano bridge which connects Kanungu district to Rukungiri district and beyond collapsed last year under the weight of a trailer carrying cement destined for Democratic Republic of Congo and has not been repaired ever since.

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The move for area residents to foot the bridge construction expenses follows the continued empty promises by the government on constructing the bridge which collapsed early last year.

The district leaders including area Members of Parliaments, district councilors and well wishers living in Kampala held a meeting on Thursday night at the chambers of the Speaker of Parliament in Kampala and set August 16, 2013 as the date to fundraise the needed money to kick start the civil works on the bridge.

Residents claim transport means and trade in Kanungu district plus the neighboring areas came to a standstill after the collapse of the bridge.

“We started suffering with no means of transport, the transport fares also increased as buses started taking longer routes to reach their destination,” residents complained.

Following threats of demonstrating from residents, some area MPs said that the bridge construction was delayed by the bureaucracy to procure a contractor to undertake the civil works which was supposed to be done by the government and the National Roads Authority hence slowing down the process.

“We have been aggrieved for a long period especially those of us who have been crossing the river every time we need to travel,” the Kihihi Sub County district councilor, James Kabiruka told Chimp Reports on Friday.

Meanwhile, all Kanungu district people living in Kampala have been called upon to support the fundraising programme.

Leaders are to mobilize the local residents in Kanungu district for communal works where residents are required to contribute local materials like cement, hard core, sand among others.


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