UNRA responds to Kanungu motorists cries, starts emergency work on broken Bwindi Road

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UNRA responds to Kanungu motorists cries, starts emergency work on broken Bwindi Road
UNRA Officials at the scene trying to rectify the problem

KANUNGU- Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) has acted swiftly and started emergency work to restore the broken culverts at Kyambura along Kanyantorogo – Butogota – Bwindi Road.

According to UNRA Communications Officer Allan Ssempebwa, the section of the road that is a tourism road was yesterday closed and motorists were advised to use available alternative roads.

Ssempebwa said that the culverts were affected by the ongoing rains in the region and such a disaster need swift emergency response because the section is on an international Highway.

The road is also a gateway to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park which is a destination for tourists going to track mountain Gorillas.

According to Kanungu District Local Government Secretary for Works and Technical Services Xtopher Kamara the road also serves Kayonza Growers Tea Factory and Kigezi Highland Tea Factory both located in Butogota Town Council in Kanungu District.

Immediately after the culverts broke on Saturday October 10th 2020, Kanungu District Local Government Communications Officer Mwajuma Twongyeirwe put a notice on several social media platforms advising the motorists and the general public to use alternative routes.

The most available alternative route was Kihembe road which the motorists were advised to use.

Apparently, the Kinkizi West Member of Parliament Hon James Kaberuka also reached out to Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) and appealed to them to ensure that emergency work is started immediately which started this morning.

Mr Ssempebwa said that the emergency works will be completed in time and completed to ensure that motorists are not inconvenienced.

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Patson Baraire Mushaija
Patson Baraire Mushaija is a Seasoned Journalist. He has an experience of Field and Community reporting for over 20 years. He started his career at Daily Monitor in the 1990s and is known for breaking major stories that remain topical issues today like the Bwindi Massacre and Kibwetere Inferno. He also worked at New Vision before concentrating on Digital Media. He has worked as reporter and news editor for a number of Media Organisations. Baraire is a family man, practicing farmer, and public speaker, is passionate about community Journalism. He is currently a Co-Editor at the Informer Ug an Online Publication in Western Uganda. Patson is widely traveled in East and Central Africa where he has attended several media training and Election Monitoring. He is passionate about Environmental Issues and Health Reporting.