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Amuru District Struggles to Maintain Roads

Michael Lakony, the LCV Chairperson, says that out of the 401 kilometres of roads they have, they have managed to maintain 47 kilometers leaving 354 kilometres in a poor state.

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Amuru district is struggling to maintain and rehabilitate roads in the district.

Michael Lakony, the LCV Chairperson, says that out of the 401 kilometres of roads in the district, they have managed to maintain 47 kilometres leaving 354 kilometres in a poor state.

Last week, some members of the community blocked the road linking Lamogi Sub County in Amuru district to Alero Sub County in Nwoya district because it is impassable.

Lakony says the district did not receive funds from the central government to rehabilitate and maintain roads after all the funds were redirected to the fight against COVID-19.

According to Lakony, the funds from the central government are meagre.

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According to records, the district receives 118.6 million shillings and 332.4 million shillings to maintain and rehabilitate both the sub-county and district access roads respectively.

Martin Akera, the secretary works and community services says that some of the roads in very poor state include Lamogi-Langol road via Pakiri, Layima-Omer road among others.

Akera blames heavy trucks ferrying logs and charcoal as well as those going to the various farms in the district for the poor condition of the roads. 

Patrick Oringa, a resident of Pyela trading centre in Lamogi Sub County, says access to rural areas to buy goats has become very difficult. Oringa who lives in Pakiri village also notes that accessing Kaladima Health Centre III has become very difficult because of the deep potholes on the road.

Mary Aber, another resident of Omer I village in Amuru sub-county, says accessing the health centre is not possible because cyclists hike the prices. Aber explains that they are forced to pay at least 25,000 shillings to reach Amuru Sub County.

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