Residents of Kabambiro Sub-county in Kibale County, Kamwenge District, are all smiles after the district received Shs9 billion to construct Mpanga Bridge, which connects Kabambiro Sub-county and Kamwenge Town Council.
The area MP, Mr Cuthbert Abigaba Mirembe, said government has already contracted M/s ARMPASS Construction Ltd to undertake the project.
“When I was in secondary school in 1990, we used to cross River Mpanga on foot and one day I lost my mattress at this spot as I waded through the water,” said Mr Abigaba, who is also the chairperson of the parliamentary works committee.
“I am happy that in my tenure as MP a Shs9 billion modern bridge to Kabambiro will be worked on. The contract was handed over yesterday (Wednesday) to the contractor by government through UNRA after a series of lobbying interventions,” Mr Abigaba said.
He said the bridge will be dual carriage with pedestrian walkways adding that plans are underway to build two more bridges at Bunoga and Kiburara on the river.
According Mr Abigaba, “Currently the contractor is doing designs and will commence works in January 2019 and works will last for one year. The old bridge is worn out after its designed time of 20 years elapsed about two years ago.”
The area councillor, Mr Conellius Asiimwe, hailed government for “remembering” the people of Kamwenge.
“I remember my colleagues and I then in senior four had a dead year since we never sat for UCE exams when waters washed away the bridge as we failed to cross the river,” Mr Asiimwe said.
Like many parts of the country, farmers are still stuck with their agriculture produce, especially maize, due to low prices.
But to Kabambiro, poor road communication has compounded the problem as there is no easy access to markets.
Lorries that ferry maize and other produce to local and international markets stop at Ishongorero town in the neighbouring Ibanda District or at Kamwenge Town.