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Fungaroo Kaps Hassan, the Obongi MP who led residents from his constituency to the proposed bridge site on Thursday said they decided to mobilise themselves to clear the bridge site after waiting for government response in vain.
Community members from Obongi County, Lower Madi and parts of Yumbe district clearing the water channel at Kia Kia of underneath elements on Thursday.
Residents Obongi, Lower Madi and parts of Ariwa Sub County in Yumbe district have started clearing the site of Kia Kia Bridge site after reportedly waiting for government response in vain. The proposed bridge will cross over Kia Kia swamp where river Enyau connects into River Nile.

The swamp connects Rigbo, Ewanga Sub counties and Obongi County through Rhino Camp and stretches for over two kilometers along Pakwach -Rhino camp -Rigbo -Ewanga -Obongi road. 

Fungaroo Kaps Hassan, the Obongi MP who led residents from his constituency to the proposed bridge site on Thursday said they decided to mobilise themselves to clear the bridge site after waiting for government response in vain.

"This exercise is meant to pressurize government for action so that the bridge is built," said MP Fungaroo. More than Shillings 24 billion is required for the bridge works according to the legislator.

Juma Bale, a resident of Ewanga Sub County in Arua district said the "forgotten but economically viable road needs fixing.” Abdul Jamal Muzamil a resident of Rhino Sub County noted that government will benefit a lot from this bridge and the road project through Trade and Tourism once opened up.

"This road will be the shortest to Juba City in South Sudan. I pray that government expedites the construction of the bridge and the road to open up the opportunities to the communities along this road segment," he said.

Abdallah Chaliki, another resident of Obongi County bordering Ewanga noted that the communities in the neighboring Moyo, Yumbe and Arua districts need to unite to push for the bridge construction.

Ismail Ogama, the Lower Madi Member of parliament disclosed that he and other leaders in the region have written to Uganda National Roads Authority UNRA several times demanding for the construction of Kia Kia bridge but have never received response.

He wonders why the people of the lower Nile belt have been ignored all this time since the need for the bridge was identified in 1960s. Engineer Morris Odoch, the In charge Bridges and culverts in UNRA, says plans are under way to work on the bridge didn't specify when they hope to start work.