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Rwampara Residents Resort to Hand-Made Roads

Mbarara RCDC Capt Martha Asiimwe and Rwampara MP Hon. Charles Ngabirano join in the paving of the road

Locals in Rwampara County in Mbarara district have come up with the initiative of setting up their own infrastructure rather than waiting upon government.

The concept is being spearheaded by the Resident District Commissioner Capt. Martha Asiimwe who says she borrowed it from the South Korean Saemaul Undong initiative.

Through the Korean concept which has proved very productive over the decades, buy information pills people living in rural areas are encouraged to initiate and participate in projects meant to develop their own communities.

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The RDC early this week commissioned a 7km road linking Rwampara to Ntungamo district, drugs which was nonexistent.

The locals used their own hands and simple implements like hoes, pick axes and shovels to pave the road.

Speaking to the locals, Asiimwe said that when she visited the far eastern country recently she found that villages which adopted the Saemaul Undong had developed faster than some urban areas in terms of infrastructure and living conditions.

The RDC said that the concept in her district will first be tried in 2 sub counties of Bugamba and Mwizi in Rwampara before extending it elsewhere.

“I know my people in Rwampara have the zeal to work. We’ll get the ball rolling and others will learn from us she said; adding that she was impressed that people regardless of their sociopolitical differences joined hands to get the work done.

Laban Gumoshabe, one of the locals told us that they came up with the road idea in order to boost tree growing in the area.

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