Kisoro Secures Ugx 600M for Kanyamateke Bridge Reconstruction amidst Gov’t Funding Shortfall

KISORO – Kisoro District has obtained a funding injection of 600 million shillings designated for the reconstruction of the Kanyamateke Box Culvert Bridge in Busanza Sub County. This announcement was made today by Karamira James, the Engineer for Kisoro District.

The Kanyamateke Bridge, linking Buhozi Parish in Busanza Sub County to Nyabwishenya and Kirundo Sub Counties, has long been in a state of disrepair. Matters escalated last week when frustrated residents took matters into their own hands and set the bridge ablaze.

According to Karamira James, the district sought external funding from the central government to expedite the modern reconstruction of the bridge. However, to date, the government has only disbursed 600 million shillings, falling short of the required 2.5 billion shillings.

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Karamira highlighted the government’s commitment to providing additional funds in the upcoming quarters, with a promise that another 600 million shillings will be allocated to the district in the next quarter. He disclosed that the district is currently in the process of securing a contractor to initiate construction, with the expectation that the project will be completed by August of next year.

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In addressing the dilapidated state of district roads, Karamira revealed that the district has also received a road fund of over 500 million shillings from the Ministry of Works and Transport to address maintenance issues on affected roads.

He emphasized that the district has developed a comprehensive plan to guide all road-related initiatives, prioritizing the most heavily trafficked routes. Work is scheduled to commence immediately following the district roads committee meeting scheduled for the upcoming Friday.

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Kisoro District encompasses a total of 297.2 kilometers of roads, with priority given to the rehabilitation of the Bunagana-Nyakabande, Mupaka-Kamugemayi, Kanaba-Kabahunde, Iryaruhuri-Ikarango-Chibumba routes. Additionally, Karamira noted that the district has received 97 million shillings in road funds for distribution among its 13 sub-counties.

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