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UNRA Faulted For Delayed Replacement of Broken Culvert In Agago

A section of culverts that had been installed at a swamp in Abone village, Lira Palwo Sub county collapsed about three months ago but no major repair works have been undertaken by UNRA engineers.
A truck stuck on the broken culvert along Kilak-Adilang road in Lira Palwo Subcounty

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Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) officials have been faulted over delays to replace a broken culvert along the busy 64 Km Kilak-Adilang road in Agago.

A section of culverts that had been installed at a swamp in Abone village, Lira Palwo Sub county collapsed about three months ago but no major repair works have been undertaken by UNRA engineers.

Agago Resident District Commissioner Andrew Onyuk told Uganda Radio Network (URN) in an interview that the bridge has become a dangerous spot for motorists. Onyuk says the broken section of the culverts is widening and getting more dangerous.

He notes that a truck carrying crates of beer over the weekend almost overturned after its driver unknowingly entered the bad section of the culvert. Onyuk says despite several calls they made to UNRA team in the region, no intervention has since been made to help improve the bridge.

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He says a team of engineers from UNRA in the past weeks dumped a metal culvert at the site without anyone to guard it arguing that the material could easily be stolen.

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Patrick Omony, a driver in Pader District says he almost overturned after unknowingly entering the broken section of the bridge while traveling to Adilang Sub-county few weeks ago. Omony says the section if not repaired could cause terrible accidents resulting in grave injuries and even loss of lives. He called on UNRA engineers to expedite repairs on the bridge.

Felix Osgeria, UNRA Station Manager in Kitgum acknowledged to URN in an interview that a team of engineers assessed the broken culvert and are in the process of making repairs.

Osgeria notes that a contractor that had been contracted by UNRA to grade the Kilak-Adilang road couldn’t work on the broken section since their contract wasn’t handing culvert replacement. He however says the delays in fixing the damaged section is due to lack of equipment suitable for working in a swampy area citing the machine meant to perform the work has broken down and is under repair. 

According to Osgeria, UNRA team will, for now fill in the broken section of the culvert with gravel since the water level is low as they source for equipment to undertake major repairs. 

“For the traffic to keep moving, we shall fill the section which has collapsed because the water level is not yet high," says Osgeria.  Kilak-Adilang road connects the districts of Agago, Pader, and Abim in Karamoja region.

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