Kigezi Leaders Demand Installation of Weigh Bridges Top story

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Reuben Tumwebaze Byaruhanga, the Director Road Infrastructure Protection under Uganda National Roads Authority-UNRA, admits that UNRA has also learnt that truck drivers heading to Rwanda, Burundi and DRC over load their trucks.

Leaders in Kigezi region want government to install weigh bridges along Ntungamo-Kabale-Katuna and Kabala-Kisoro high ways to protect the road infrastructure from damage. A weighbridge is a scale used to weigh bulk items on a truck to determine whether the load in within the specified weight limit.

 
According to the Vehicle Load Control Act 2012 passed by the East African Legislative Assembly, the maximum gross vehicle weight on roads of East African Community member countries is 56 tonnes. In case of overloading, the truck is impounded and the truck driver fined for flouting the weight limit.

 
 
However, there is no single weigh bridge in Kigezi region, despite it being a major gateway for heavy trucks to Rwanda, Burundi, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The nearest weigh bridge is in Mbarara along Masaka-Mbarara Highway. 

Leaders from Kigezi say truck drivers take advantage of the absence of a weigh bridge in the region to load more goods on their trucks after passing Mbarara on their way to Rwanda, Burundi and the Democratic of Congo. They say unless government intervenes by installing another weigh bridge, this will shorten the life span of tarmac roads in Kigezi region. 

The Kabale District Youth Chairperson, John Bosco Namara, says there is need for government to install weigh bridges along Mbarara -Ntungamo- Katuna High way and Kabale-Kisoro road to reduce on the pressure caused by overloaded trucks.

 
Frank Kyerere, the NRM Chairperson in Rwamucucu Sub County in Rukiga district, says truck drivers overload their vehicles to rake in more money, which is damaging the roads and reducing their lifespan.
 
 
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Michael Kwarikunda Mbareeba, the Rukiga District Youth Chairperson, says is time for government to consider saving tarmac roads in Kigezi region and Ntugamo from being destroyed by over loaded trucks.


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Reuben Tumwebaze Byaruhanga, the Director Road Infrastructure Protection under ‎Uganda National Roads Authority-UNRA, admits that UNRA has also learnt that truck drivers heading to Rwanda, Burundi and DRC over load their trucks.
 
 
He says UNRA has already procured a weighbridge to be installed either in Ntungamo or Kabale to solve the problem.

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About the author

Samuel Amanya
Samuel Amanya is the Kigezi Region URN bureau chief. Kabale, Kisoro, Kanungu and Rukungiri districts fall under his docket. Samuel Amanya has been a Uganda Radio Network reporter since August 2016. Before becoming a URN staff reporter, Amanya had written for the network for several years as a freelancer.


Amanya was also a Voice of Kigezi reporter from 2011 to 2016.


A journalism graduate from African College of Commerce Kabale, Amanya values his independence. Amanya says URN is a home for his talent because it lets him explore his journalistic interests without limits.

Amanya is fascinated by the crime beat and some of his best stories have come out of that interest. Amanya says he aims to be all round beat reporter.