Executive Director Uganda National Roads Authority – UNRA, Mrs Allen Kagina yesterday rushed to the scene of the landslides in Kabale district, where part of Kabale – Katuna Road collapsed at a place called Kyonyo.
The damaged road totally cut off traffic moving to and from neighbouring Rwanda.
A tweet from Uganda Police Force, shows that police have put up warning signs to direct light traffic to the newly completed Ntungamo-Mirama Hills road to connect to Rwanda. Patience Tusiime, a resident of Kanyanjonka Village Kacereere Ward Katuna Town Council, says the landslides were triggered by heavy rains that started on Thursday night. She says the landslides also buried four houses in the areas.
According to locals, cracks started emerging following heavy rains in the area before a huge portion of the road gave in. Patience Tusiime, one of the residents in Kanyanjonka Village in Katuna Town Council says the landslides were triggered by a heavy downpour which ravaged the area on Thursday night and softened the soils.
She also revealed that at least four houses were destroyed by the landslides.
The UNRA boss Mrs Kagina rushed to the scene with a team of engineers to assess the situation.
She revealed that works on the affected road have already begun so that the damaged section can be quickly restored.
“There are a lot of heavy rains and the network is experiencing some challenges. My intervention is not a small one. We might have to bring in a contractor. We have an alternative road through Ntungamo-Mirama Hills. In the meantime, we don’t want motorist traffic on this road,” she said.
Andrew Muyambi, the Officer in Charge of Traffic at Kabale Central Police Station,told MbararaCityNews that he had deployed traffic officers at Katuna border and Kitumba to alert vehicles to use alternative routes. On May 13, 2018, similar landslides destroyed Gatuna-Gicumbi-Kigali road at Cyumba Sector in Gicumbi District.