RECONSTRUCTION of the Bulucheke bridge in Manjiya county, Mbale has started.
The bridge was swept away during the El-Nino rains of 1998.
Government last week signed a sh407m contract with a construction company, Spencon, to undertake the seven-month work on Manafwa, the main river flowing from mountain Elgon to Lake Kyoga.
The Manjiya Member of Parliament, David Wakikona, told The New Vision on Sunday that the reconstruction work would involve erecting a 20m bridge and a 200-metre road between Bunamubi Corner and Bumwalye.
President Yoweri Museveni crossed River Manafwa on a make-shift bridge near Bulucheke Secondary School assessing the damage shortly after the rains.
The rains also destroyed coffee and bananas and displaced over 10,000 people who have never been resettled.
Wakikona said Government would also construct a sh2.9b gravity-flow water system for Manjiya soon.
He said the water would be tapped from Bushiyi on Nabweya hill and stored in reservoirs .
â€œThe immediate beneficiary will be Bududa Hospital and later, the other areas,â€ he said.
Spencon to repair Manjiya bridge