Uganda National Roads Authority-UNRA is investigating the Friday last week collapse of Kabale-Katuna road at Kyonyo, three kilometers to Katuna border, leaving hundreds of motorists stranded.
Currently, all heavy trucks heading to and from Rwanda are using Ntungamo-Mirama Hills-Kagitumba road as UNRA struggles to fix the damaged road. Reuben Byaruhanga Tumwebaze, the Director Roads Infrastructure Protection under UNRA, says they are highly suspicious that Reynolds Construction Company (RCC) and SBI International Holdings, which built the road, did a shoddy job.
Tumwebaze says that the company only used soil instead of hard core stones and Asphalt Pavement Reinforcement in many areas prone to landslides to drain water, which compromised the quality of work. Tumwebaze also says that the road has already shown signs of collapsing in Kamuganguzi, Kitumba, Kabale town, Kabaraga, Bukinda and Rubaare.
Government contracted RCC and SBI International Holdings to undertake the works at the Ntungamo-Kabale-Katuna road section at 198.26 billion Shillings and work commenced in 2015. However, the road started developing cracks barely a few months after its construction.
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