Issa Otto Amiza, the former Oyam South member of parliament is in trouble for
organizing an illegal demonstration.
North Kyoga police picked up the former legislator on Monday
morning from his home shortly after announcing
his planned demo over the radio.
Amiza said that he was mobilizing
the Lango community to stage a
peaceful demonstration over the poor
status of Lira Kamdini road.
journalists shortly after Amiza’s arrest, the North Kyoga Regional
Police Commander, Anatoli
Katungwenzi, said he was picked up
for inciting violence
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Lawrence Egole, the Lira City Resident
Commissioner, says that security
gathered substantial evidence that Amiza’s
planned protest was politically motivated other than expressing grievance over the poor status
of the road.
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Egole, who said all the leaders across Lango sub-region are not happy with the status of the road, sounded a warning to those with plans to hold such demonstrations to stay away.
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Lira- Kamdini has remained in an appalling state
since 2009 when it was last rehabilitated by Dot Services Limited. In 2019, UNRA
started conducting routine maintenance of the road
with minimal impact because
of the extent of the damage.
A statement issued by UNRA on January 13th, 2022 attributes the delayed works on the road to delayed World bank
“Due to the environmental and social restrictions by the bank
(because of the outstanding ESHS documentation), the intervention is limited to
scarification and compaction. The contractor is continuing with this activity
until the source of aggregates is approved.”
The government awarded the contract for the road works to a Portuguese
firm, Mota-Engil Africa. The
highway stretches from Lira City
through Corner Molem in Kole to corner Kamdini in Oyam is under the NERAMP project.