Kyotera, Rakai districts bicker over incomplete bridge

Kyotera row has erupted between Rakai and Kyotera districts over Kyakatagwa bridge in Kabira Sub County which has stalled since 2016. Construction of the bridge started before Kyotera district came into being, meaning that funds for its construction were channeled through the mother district of Rakai.

The bridge links Kabira Sub County to Kyotera Town Council and Kakuuto county across Naluddugavu river.

It was swept away by floods in 2016 making it difficult for residents, traders, and transporters to cross either side. This was before Kyotera was curved out of Rakai district.

It is understood that Rakai district received about Shs 200m during the first quarter of 2017/2018 financial year to facilitate the construction of the bridge.

Rakai district went ahead to procure contractors for the project much as at the time, Kyotera district had come into existence.

Makeshift bridge used as an alternative.

The contractor begun on the works in August 2017, and was expected to complete the works within four months.

Annet Nabaggala, the Kyotera district engineer said, Rakai is meant to complete the bridge and officially hand it over to Kyotera.

The impact of this is rising transport costs since transporters now have to take longer routes.

According to Roselyn Nakalule, the transport fare from Kyakatagwa to Kyotera Township has risen to Shs 8,000 from Shs 5,000 before the bridge collapsed.

Interviewed, Rakai district engineer Henry Wangi claimed that Rakai had handed over the bridge to Kyotera after its completion but on further prodding, he said that construction was suspended due to torrential rains.

He said that the contractor would soon resume and complete the works for the bridge to be handed over to Kyotera district.