Uganda’s Hoima-Kampala Highway Disrupted as River Kafu Overflows

Heavy rainfall has led to the River Kafu bursting its banks, disrupting the Hoima-Kampala highway and causing widespread travel chaos.

The overflowing river, serving as the border between Hoima and Kyankwanzi districts, submerged the entire Kafu bridge, making it impassable. Motorists traveling from Hoima to Kampala or vice versa have been urged to use alternative routes.

The Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) recommended two main detours: the Hoima-Masindi-Kafu-Luwero-Kampala route and the Hoima-Buhimba-Nalweyo-Kakumiro-Mubende-Kampala route. Lighter vehicles can take the Masode-Ntwetwe-Nkooko-Nalweyo-Hoima Road detour.

UNRA emphasized the dangers of crossing flooded roads and advised strict adherence to the recommended routes. Local authorities and disaster response teams are monitoring the situation closely, with efforts underway to restore normal travel conditions.

 Similar incidents occurred in March this year when the Katonga River and River Rwizi burst their banks, causing extensive damage and disrupting major highways in different regions of Uganda.