Lango Parliamentary Group has asked the Ministry of Works and Transport
to work on five key roads in different districts within the sub-region.
The petition signed by the MPs was on Saturday presented to Minister Katumba
Wamala and Allen Kagina, the Executive Director Uganda National Roads Authority-UNRA
during A meeting with the MPs and other district leaders in Lira City.
The roads include the 66kms Lira- Kamdini road, 88 km Dokolo-
Namasale- Ochero road, Lira- Aloi- Abim road measuring 120kms and corner Ayer- Corner
Aboke, Iceme, Ngai to Bobi measuring 55kms.
Leaders also asked the Ministry to upgrade 134.9kms of district
roads to national roads. They include Agweng- Barjobi-Okwang- Baralegi, Teboke-
Bala town council- Lira University to Odokomit, Teboke- corner park- Aliyat-
Aboke- Alito to Ogur and Aboko- Chawente- Apoi to Akokoro which leads to the ferry
site in Apac district.
Judith Alyek, the Kole Woman MP and Chairperson Lango
Parliamentary Group said that business in the sub-region has declined due to
the bad roads.
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General Katumba Wamala, the Minister of Works and Transport
confirmed that Lango has a very low density of tarmac road saying the
implementation of road works is based on the National Development Plan-NDP guidelines
and party’s manifesto.
He tasked the MPs to follow up on the petition because the
ministry’s responsibility is to implement not to apportion funds.
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Katumba however said that the government may not have the money to
work on all the roads.
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On government taking over the district roads, Katumba advised the
districts to make the best use of the road equipment that was sent to the
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Samuel Opio Actui, the Kole North MP explained that although the
other regions might also be experiencing challenges with road networks, the
magnitude of the problem in Lango is so big that it requires immediate
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Geoffrey Ocen, the LCV Chairperson Amolatar said that the district
receives inadequate funds for road works.
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Last week, MPs expressed concern regarding the poor state of roads
across the country despite a huge chunk of budget allocated to the Works and
Transport sector annually.