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Poor State of Roads Irks Serere Leaders

The road network in the district has worsened following the rising water levels from Lake Kyoga that has cut off roads to the main landing sites in the district. Currently, Kagwara, Mugarama and Mulondo landing sites main access routes in Serere are inaccessible.
Kamod- Bugondo Road now cut off.

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Leaders in Serere are threatening to demonstrate over the poor state of roads under the Uganda National Roads Authority- UNRA.

The road network in the district has worsened following the rising water levels from Lake Kyoga that has cut off roads to the main landing sites in the district. Currently, Kagwara, Mugarama and Mulondo landing sites main access routes in Serere are inaccessible.

In some neighboring communities in the affected roads people are using boats to cross as the roads have been submerged. Joseph Opit Okojo, the District Chairman of Serere says that transport within the district has become very costly due to the poor state of roads. He explains that his office has written to UNRA several times for help without in vain.

“As government, there is need to create order in UNRA. We have, in many occasions asked UNRA to intervene in the road network but they take their time. These roads that have been submerged should have been worked on long before the water levels increased. UNRA engineers inspected the road at the beginning of the year and promised to work on the roads but waited for floods to make excuses that they cannot work when the roads are flooded. This must change,” said Okojo.

Elijah Okupa, the Kasilo County MP says he is disappointed with UNRA following failed attempts to have the roads worked on.

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When Uganda Radio Network - URN tried to reach UNRA's Corporate Communications Manager, Mark Ssali for comment, he didn’t pick or return the calls.

“Last week, I sent a message to UNRA boss madam Kagina and asked her what the people of Kasilo and Serere have done to deserve this punishment. She replied to me that the UNRA team has been monitoring Ministry of Finance; as of July 23rd and they have not yet received funds from Uganda Road Fund," said MP Okupa.

At Serere- Bugondo road, aggregate and culverts have been lying idle around Abola area since the UNRA team dumped them before the COVID-19 lockdown.

Apollo Ewidu, the Bugondo Sub County Chairman says there is need to probe UNRA over what he described as shoddy work and connivance in the road works.