Police have been deployed at the Kafu River, which serves as a border point between Hoima and Kyankwanzi Districts, to prevent any crises as the river burst its banks. This led to the closure of the road, forcing people to use longer routes through Buhimba Kakumiro Mubende to Kampala or Hoima Masindi Kiryandongo to Kampala.
For two consecutive days, police have been stationed to stop vehicles from crossing the fast-moving waters that flooded a 2-kilometer stretch. As a result, several people wanting to cross to Kyankwanzi were left stranded.
The local school in Katerega village, Katerega Primary School, had to accommodate about twenty pupils who couldn’t cross the river to get to school. Additionally, primary one and two pupils who had already crossed earlier couldn’t attend school due to the flooding.
DPC Bogere Jackson, head of the Hoima police, stated that they are collaborating with leaders and the community to ensure calmness and find solutions to deal with the situation. The Uganda National Roads Authority Director for Roads and Bridge Development, Engineer Samuel Muhoozi, noted that Kafu is one of the small bridges earmarked for reconstruction.
People are encouraged to use diversions while the government works on addressing the issue. Due to the diversions, transport fares have increased by 5,000/-.