Michael Lakony, the Amuru District Chairman told URN in an interview that upon signing the MOU with the Ministry of Trade, a team of Engineers was dispatched to Elegu to carry out a feasibility study to pave way for the constructions but to date, nothing has been done.
The Shillings 1.8 billion project that was proposed by
government to mitigate the flooding at Elegu border town in Amuru district is
yet to kick off three years after the signing of the Memorandum of
In 2018, Amuru
district signed an MOU with the Ministry of Trade and Industries to widen the
River Unyama Banks and improve the drainage system at Elegu Town with funding
from the Trade Mark East Africa in a bid to mitigate frequent flooding.
Elegu Town, which is found on the Uganda-South Sudan border town,
suffers devastating floods when River Unyama bursts its banks and displaces thousands
of residents and affects business. However, no work has been done since the
signing of the MOU.
Michael Lakony, the
Amuru District Chairman told URN in an interview that upon signing the MOU with
the Ministry of Trade, a team of Engineers was dispatched to Elegu to carry out
a feasibility study to pave way for the constructions but to date nothing has
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Elegu Town Council has a population of about 12,000 people but the places
mainly affected by the disaster harbours between 4,000 to 5,000 residents mainly
the business community. Lakony revealed that the frequent occurrence of floods
has greatly affected its revenue base since Elegu Town Council is the biggest
source of revenue for the district.
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Julius Kasirye, the Project Manager for Border Export Zone –BEZ under the
Ministry of Trade and Industries declined to respond to the matter when
contacted by URN. Kasirye told URN that the Permanent Secretary or Trade
Minister, are better placed to comment on the matter.
The recurrent floods have
also delayed the construction of a bulk market in Elegu Town Council. The construction of the market, which is expected to contribute to the
reduction of poverty in the region, was to start in the 2019/2020 financial
Shillings 2 billion has already earmarked for the works under the Project
for Restoration of Livelihoods in Northern Uganda –PRELNOR.