Last week, the Uganda National Roads Authority- UNRA released a list of roads measuring 3,596.5 kilometres that will be constructed countrywide under the third phase of the National Development Plan- NDP III by 2025.
The road connects the districts of Amuru, Lamwo and Kitgum and Gulu via Palaro. The murram road is currently in a sorry state with numerous potholes, poor drainages, mud and a section of it cut-off and becoming impassable.
Speaking to journalists at the Northern Uganda Media Club-NUMEC on Monday afternoon, Jimmy Patrick Okema, the Aswa River Region Police Public Relations Officer revealed that rescue efforts by the marine experts have waned.
Residents in the area told our reporter that many women have given birth at the bridge after failing to cross over Dopeth-Okok river to access Acowa HC III for delivery. Acinga Sub County doesn’t have a government health facility or school.
According to UNRA Six billion shillings has been set aside to purchase the four metallic portable bridges within the next nine months. They are metallic, 40-meter-long portable bridges that are adjustable and relocated to areas with emergencies.
The Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) on Wednesday told the committee that M/S Nalongo Estates, a company owned by Kampala Businessman Sarah Kizito is holding the land for the project to pending a Memorandum of Understanding with KCCA.
Penninah Atweo, a resident of Agologolo Village in Bugondo Sub County says the condition of the road has affected their livelihoods as costs of transport have more than doubled. Atweo, who sells vegetables says that she spends 16,000 shillings on the transport alone instead of 4,000 she used to pay before the roads were submerged.
The road network in the district has worsened following the rising water levels from Lake Kyoga that has cut off roads to the main landing sites in the district. Currently, Kagwara, Mugarama and Mulondo landing sites main access routes in Serere are inaccessible.
Martin Owor, the Commissioner Disaster Management in the Office of the Prime Minister disclosed that OPM and Police teams have been dispatched to join District Disaster Management Committees (DDMCs) of the affected districts to try to manage the crisis.