Stella Auma, a resident of Lajalula Sub County told URN that the poor road network in her area has led to hiked transport fares to the nearest Omer Health Centre II, which is about 32 kilometers away from her home.
The poor state of
community access roads in Amuru district is frustrating access to basic services by residents.
Amuru district has
a road network of 498 kilometers. However, less than 150
kilometers have been worked on. The remaining
roads are in a sorry state with numerous potholes, poor drainage and
broken culverts among others.
The most affected roads are spread across Lakang,
Pabbo, Opara, Attiak and Lamogi sub-counties. They include the road stretching from Awer-Olwal-Town
Council-Lakang-Kololo. Others include the road from Pabbo
Town Council-Pabbo Sub County-Biira and Labala among others. The roads have been in their current condition for more than two years.
Due to the poor road network, residents say
that they are finding difficulties
to access markets and health facilities especially whenever it rains. Stella Auma, a resident of Lajalula Sub County told URN that the poor road network in
her area has led to hiked transport fares to the
nearest Omer Health Centre II, which is about 32 kilometers away from her home.
Auma disclosed that she gave birth last month under
the care of a Traditional Birth Attendant (TBA) after failing to get Shillings
35,000 for transport on Boda-boda to the health facility
as opposed to the previous Shillings 20,000 they were paying.
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Nancy Adworo, another mother, says that she
equally delivered from home after failing to raise Shillings 60,000 as demanded
motorists to transport her for delivery.
The boda-boda motorist claimed that the Lajalula
road to Otwee Health Centre III was too bad and risky for him to ride on at a
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John Bosco Oloya, a farmer in Pabbo has appealed to Amuru
district works department to fast-track the repair of the roads
to save lives and the business communities.
Santo Omony, a member of the Village Health Team
(VHT) in Lajalula, says that response to health emergencies is being hampered by the poor road network,
adding that the most affected people are
pregnant mothers, children, and the elderly.
Michael Lakony, the Amuru District LCV
Chairperson confirmed the problem but said that they lack road equipment to undertake repairs.
He explained that they borrow equipment for the road works from Uganda National
Roads Authority (UNRA) Gulu Sub Station, which is also overwhelmed by requests from the
more than 33 districts in Acholi, Lango and West Nile, which it serves.
Emmy Daniel Ojara is a young journalist and has been practicing since 2013, during which he covered land rights violation in the contested Apaa and Lakang in Amuru as his first take ups while at Gulu Fm, Favor Fm and later Paidha Fm and Speak Fm where he is still attached.
Human rights abuses and denied access to land by security and government agencies has been the major aftermath of the contest over the lands. The underprivileged such as women, children and the elderly faced challenges in accessing soc