Residents, Kabale Municipality Disagree Over Bridge Construction Works

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Julius Titiryebwa, the speaker Kabale Central Division says he approached the Municipal engineer seeking an explanation on why they were using wood instead of iron bars to construct the bridge but he told him they were only improvising.

There is mounting tension between residents of Kabale Central Ward backed by their leaders and Municipal authorities over the ongoing construction of Katimbo Bridge in Gaju Cell. Residents accuse Kabale municipality of using eucalyptus wood to erect the Katimbo Bridge instead of iron bars.
 
 
Shillings 33 million was budgeted for the bridge construction works. John Peter Sunday, the LC IV councilor Nyabikoni ward says they were surprised to find municipal workers building the bridge at night using the wrong materials.
 
 
Ismail Mashinzo, a resident of Gaju Cell says they decided to petition the Mayor Kabale Municipality Dr. Pius Ruhemurana but to their surprise he threatened to have them arrested.
 
 
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Gilbert Nkwasibwe, another resident of Gaju cell says they are determined to block the bridge construction works. According to Nkwasibwe, as residents they feel betrayed by the Mayor.
 
Julius Titiryebwa, the speaker Kabale Central Division says he approached the Municipal engineer seeking an explanation on why they were using wood instead of iron bars to construct the bridge but he told him they were only improvising. According to Titiryebwa, they can't allow such work to continue because it is a waste of tax payer's money.
 

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Emanuel Ngirabakunzi, the Engineer Kabale Municipality says his department is working hard to address the concerns raised by the residents and their leaders. He however, didn't explain whether or not they would stop using wood in the bridge construction and replace it with iron bars.
 
Dr. Pius Ruhemurana, the Mayor Kabale Municipality told URN he engaged police because the residents were sabotaging the bridge construction. He also defended the use of wood in the bridge construction saying it will help them come up with a strong bridge. 

 

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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.

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