Delayed Construction of Katete Bridge Irks Mbarara Residents

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In short
The bridge that connects the divisions of Kakooba and Nyamitanga is used by thousands of people to connect to the municipalitys central business district. Located in Karugangama cell in Katete ward, Nyamitanga division, Katete Bridge is the shortest route to Mbarara town.

Residents of Mbarara municipality are irked over a plan to halt construction of Katete Bridge.

The bridge that connects the divisions of Kakooba and Nyamitanga is used by thousands of people to connect to the municipality's central business district. Located in Karugangama cell in Katete ward, Nyamitanga division, Katete Bridge is the shortest route to Mbarara town.

But it is increasingly becoming impassable after all timber frames and culverts have given way.  Currently, it can only be used by pedestrians. The bridge has never been repaired since it was first built in the early 90's.

Municipal authorities had initially budgeted for 200 million Shillings to construct. However, the plan has since been suspended.

Juliet Mushemeza, a resident of Katete told URN that crossing the bridge is risky.

Doreen Ninsiima, a resident of Mbarara town says that the state of the road is putting motorists and other road users in harm's way. She adds that all the wooden frames covering the bridge are now rotten and need to be replaced.

Mbarara Municipality Speaker Bonny Tashobya says that construction of the bridge was delayed after the transport ministry pledged to take over the works. However, the ministry did not give it utmost urgency, leading to further delays, Tashobya adds.

He says that the cost of the works has since escalated to not less than 300 million Shillings.

Tashobya says that the authorities have in the meantime barred all heavy vehicles from using the route as well as put in place new timber to enable small vehicles and motorcycles to cross.
 
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Robert Mugabe Kakyebezi, the mayor of Mbarara Municipality says that they are engaging the works ministry to ensure that the problem is addressed.

 

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Anthony Kushaba
For Anthony Kushaba, journalism is not just a job; it is a calling. Kushaba believes journalism is one of the few platforms where the views of the oppressed and margainalised can be heard. This is what his journalism aims to do: bring to light untold stories.

Kushaba is the Mbarara region URN bureau chief. Mitooma, Ntungamo, Bushenyi, Sheema, Isingiro, and Kiruhura districts fall under his docket. Kushaba has been a URN staff member since 2012.

Kushaba is a journalism graduate from Uganda Christian University Study Centre at Bishop Barham College in Kabale. Before joining URN, Kushaba worked with Voice of Kigezi (2008), Bushenyi FM (2010) and later on to Voice of Muhabura.

Kushaba's journalism interests centre on conflict, peace and electoral reporting. Kushaba occasionally writes on tourism, health, religion and education. He describes himself as highly driven and will pursue a tip until it yields a story.