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Amuru Seeks to Divert Funds Meant for Lakang Bridge to Road Works

Uganda Wildlife Authority-UWA halted construction of Lakang Bridge in December last year on grounds that is goes through East Madi wildlife reserve.
Some of the abandoned iron bars at bridge site.

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Amuru district Works department is negotiating with the Office of the Prime Minister over the possible reallocation of Shillings 1.7 billion meant for the installation of Lakang Bridge to rehabilitate another road.  

Uganda Wildlife Authority-UWA halted construction of Lakang Bridge in December last year on grounds that is goes through East Madi wildlife reserve. The project was being executed by Davrich Company Limited. 

Now, Amuru District LC V Chairperson, Michael Lakony has expressed concerns of losing the money for the bridge provided under the Project for Restoration of Livelihoods in the Northern Region -PRELNOR. 

He says they have identified the 13 kilometer- Bana-Atoro road stretch and want the OPM to allow them to use the money as negotiations for the resumption of the stalled Lakang Bridge constructions works are ongoing.      

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Lucy Akello, the Amuru District Woman MP, says the absence of the bridge on the road, which connects Lakang through Kololo to Kampala landing site has grossly affected the livelihood of local residents who are mostly farmers and earn from selling their produce at the riverside market.   

Akello says there`s need for government to urgently settle the boundary dispute and direct UWA to allow the works to continue. 

Nixon Oloya, a resident of Bana trading center welcomes the proposal to rehabilitate the road, saying it is a very poor state.