Hundreds stranded after Rwanda-Uganda road collapses

Sunday May 20 2018

The collapsed Katuna (Uganda)-Rwanda road

The collapsed Katuna (Uganda)-Rwanda road section that has been closed to traffic. PHOTO | DAILY MONITOR 

By RAJAB MUKOMBOZI

Transport between Uganda and Rwanda has been disrupted following the collapse of a road section linking the two countries.

The Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) suspended traffic along the Katuna-Rwanda road after a section at Kyonyo, 3km to the Rwanda border, collapsed.

The damage has left hundreds of travellers stranded.

UNRA executive director Allen Kagina on Saturday evening issued the suspension directive after the assessment of the damage.

Ms Kagina and the Kabale District Police Commander, Mr Dickens Bindeeba, said the road remained risky for motorists.

“Right now, traffic along this road has been stopped. No motorised traffic on this road because it is not safe. Motorists are advised to use Ntungao-Mirama Hills-Kagitumba road. We are working with police to direct motorists to the alternative routes,” said Ms Kagina.

She explained that the road collapsed on Friday night and could have been caused by weather changes, especially heavy rains that caused landslides.

But the UNRA regional manager South Western Benice Kiganda said they also suspect tectonic forces since the road is in a volcanic area, citing a similar occurrence in Rwanda a few weeks ago.

“We are going to do more investigations and find out exactly what could be the cause, but we suspect tectonic forces since this is a volcanic area. Four more other sections, two on Kabale –Ntungamo road and Kabale-Katuna road are showing similar signs,” said Ms Kiganda.

Ms Kagina said they already have a team on the ground moving to fix the road.