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95 Kilometers of Roads in Omoro District in Appalling State

The most affected roads categorized with deep potholes, broken culverts and bridges include 14km Bobi-Wii Lacic, 14.9km Palenga to Ongako, 8km Bobi-Okwii to Lii Sub County in Nwoya district, 8km Walter Ochora road, 39km Acet-Loyo ajonga to Labora, 10km Bobi-Opaya to Hiima and 60-meter long Hiima bridge which connects Keto- Awor in Lakwana Sub County. Omoro district has a total of 303km roads under its management and 581 under the management of the various sub counties.

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A total of 95.9 km of roads in various sub-counties in Omoro district are in a sorry state following last year`s heavy torrential rains.

The most affected roads have deep potholes, broken culverts and bridges. They include 14km Bobi-Wii Lacic, 14.9km Palenga to Ongako, 8km Bobi-Okwii to Lii Sub County in Nwoya district, 8km Walter Ochora road, 39km Acet-Loyo ajonga to Labora, 10km Bobi-Opaya to Hiima and 60-meter long Hiima bridge which connects Keto- Awor in Lakwana Sub County.

 Omoro district has a total of 303km roads under its management and 581 under the management of the various sub-counties.  

Francis Wadock Awori, the LCV councillor for Koro Sub County says the conditions of the roads have been devastated more by the heavy rains experienced last year coupled with the overuse of heavy trucks carrying charcoal.  He explains that some of the roads were planned to be rehabilitated in the previous financial years but the money allocated was misused resulting in shoddy work.  

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Awori observes that the poor road condition has also affected access to services which include health, education among others for the affected locals.  

Jacinta Alum, a 60-year-old resident of Acet says accessing markets and other essential services including health and education is very difficult for her. She says her children have only been rescued from the long-distance to schools by the closure of schools due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  

She says that last year, one of her grandsons suffered a twisted ankle after he slipped and fell in one of the potholes after it had rained.  

Julius Ochan, a resident of Keto says they are forced to cross Hiima Bridge after it broke down last year following heavy rains. He says they can barely carry any reasonable luggage to reach Awor trading center where most of them buy or sell their items from.  

Douglas Peter Okello, the Omoro LCV Chairperson says the district has carried out assessments on the extent of damage on the roads. He says for example they have done a bill of quantity assessment for Acet Ot Apwoyo-Loyo-Ajonga-Idure-Laminadera to Labora to a tune of 168m and forwarded it to the Uganda Road Fund, subsequently requesting emergency funding for the road to be rehabilitated.  

According to Okello, some of the roads, including Walter Ochora road, Opit- Awor which are part of the roads that were also heavily devastated, have been rehabilitated adding that the Lakwatomer-Keto to Awor road will be rehabilitated this week.  

Okello however notes that they have not been able to rehabilitate most of the roads due to a lack of funding from the central government.  

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