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Broken Bridge Paralyses Transport in Lamwo

The bridge located Amot-Larom village in Ayuu-Alali parish was constructed by Lamwo District Local Government in the financial year 2017/2018 collapsed under the weight of heavy trucks carrying logs in August last year. It serves as a major transport route connecting the two sub-counties of Lokung and Palabek Kal.
Pagada bridge that broke down in August last year. the bridge has been a key transport route connecting the subcounties of Palabek Kal and Lokung in Lamwo District. courtesy photo

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Residents and local leaders in Lokung and Palabek Kal Sub counties in Lamwo District have called on for urgent repair of Pagada Bridge that has remained in ruins for the past one year.  

The bridge located Amot-Larom village in Ayuu-Alali parish was constructed by Lamwo District Local Government in the financial year 2017/2018 collapsed under the weight of heavy trucks carrying logs in August last year.  It serves as a major transport route connecting the two sub-counties of Lokung and Palabek Kal.  

However, since August last year when it broke down, no repair has been carried out.

James Ocan a trader in Lokung sub-county says he has been using longer route through the parishes of Pangira and Olebi to access Palabek Kal trading centre to sell his merchandises and agricultural products. 

He says the distance stretches for more than 20 kilometres which is costly compared to taking a direct route a year ago through Pagada Bridge.  

Ocan says the district leaders should put more emphasis in ensuring that the bridge is repaired to ease access to social services like health facilities, markets and schools.  

Geoffrey Nyeko, the Palabek Kal Sub-county LC3 Chairperson, says that locals are paying money to be carried from one end of the river to access his sub-county or Lokung.  

He says access across the river is sometimes completely brought to a halt after heavy rain citing that water levels rises making it impossible for people or goods to be carried across the river.  

According to Nyeko, the most affected are school going children of Ayuu Alali Primary School, sick patients and traders who are sometimes completely cut off from accessing health facilities and markets.  

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Nyeko says they have continuously informed the local government leadership of the hardship locals are facing but nothing has been done to repair the bridge.

He also faulted the district engineers for constructing a vented drift bridge instead of a standard bridge well knowing heavy trucks ply the route. 

The Lokung Sub-county LC3 Chairperson Joachim Ocan also reiterated that his community members have been left stranded ever since the bridge broke down. He wants the district leaders to intervene urgently.  

The Lamwo District Chairperson John Komakech Ogwok says they are aware about the collapsed bridge but noted that they are unable to work on it at the moment. 

He says the local government had just worked on the road including constructing the vented drifted bridge before heavy trucks carrying illegal logs damaged it. 

Ogwok says although the district has budgeted for 1.8 billion shillings to fully construct a standard bridge replacing the damaged one, the supplementary budget needs parliament approval.  

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He says they had sought for another option of constructing the bridge using funds under the Development Response to Displacement Impacts Project (DRDIP) but the Office of the Prime Minister hasn’t given them a green light to date.

According to Ogwok, they are now left with no option but to sit back and wait for government’s response.