The Lamwo district LCV Chairperson Sisto Ocen Oyet says the area where the project is being implemented never had any road network before and the farming communities were being challenged in terms of connectivity.
The striking workers, mainly contracted by Ayuu Alali Sugarcane OutGrowers Cooperatives Society to cut and load cane for transportation to the factory, laid down their tools on Monday over their unpaid dues for the past three months.
Denis Onyon, the Agoro Sub County LC III Chairperson identifies the deceased as Bernard Ajulai, a resident of Lapulingi A village in Agoro Sub County. He was part of the people who had convened for the monthly market day on Wednesday.
Sisto Okello, one of the tobacco farmers in Palabek Gem Sub County in Lamwo district, says that the price of tobacco per kilogram has not changed for the last six years yet the prices of inputs keep rising.
The pilot project has seen 25 villages, eight trading centres and selected public institutions that have not been not part of the national electricity grid in Lamwo district with more expected to be connected to the power grid.
The Executive Director of Horyal Investments Holdings Limited, Mohammed Abdi Mohamoud says they have opted for the longer route because the poor roads make it impossible for trucks to access the factory using the shorter routes.
The Lokung Sub County LC III Chairperson, Joachim Opoka Ocan, says heavily armed soldiers from the South Sudan Peoples Defense Force (SSPDF) stormed the road maintenance last week. The soldiers allegedly confronted the contractor accusing them and the Uganda government of crossing 7kilometers deep inside their territory.
Markson Odongkara Labongo, the Superintendent of Agoro Self-Help Irrigation Scheme Cooperative Society Limited (ASHISCO) says that fences protecting the headwork and the main dam have all been brought down by community members.
The aggrieved power consumers, mainly residents of Palabek Kal, Lamwo, Padibe and Madi Opei town councils and other major trading centres note that the unplanned power blackouts have lasted for over four months now.
Abraham Odur, the NFA Forest Supervisor for Aswa River Range comprising Acholi and Lango Sub Regions said that the illegal dealers are specifically destroying Shea trees unlike in other parts of the region.
Odur disclosed that an estimated population of shea trees covering over 30 square miles in Lamwo district have been destroyed by the illegal charcoal and log dealers.
The Relief and Disaster Preparedness Minister Hillary Onek also the Lamwo County MP says the market vendors in the district had requested the President to support them procure transport means for delivering their products to potential buyers and markets at better prices in Kampala.
Lucy Acayo, a poultry farmer in Locken village who lost over 70 chickens to the disease, says the high mortality rate has severely impacted her only source of livelihood since selling chicken is her major source of income.
Martin Abigaba, the Officer in Charge of Operations at Kitgum Central Police station told Uganda Radio Network in an interview Wednesday that the suspects were found destroying tree species indiscriminately in government forest reserves.
Former Torit state Governor Alberio Tobiolo Oromo, says that the potent gin has influenced high crime rates among the youth in Eastern Equatoria State. He says that the high cattle theft in the neighbouring areas or Agoro, Madi-opei sub-counties in Lamwo District, Orom and Kiteny Sub counties in Kitgum District is directly linked to the urge by youth to get money for consuming the gin.
Evelyn Acaa, another businesswoman at the border point says she hardly makes more than shillings 50,000 daily from selling sodas and confectioneries to South Sudanese across the border point ever since the covid-19 restrictions were initiated.
The Chairperson of Ayuu Alali Sugarcane Out-growers Cooperative Society Francis Ojwiya says the move will involve clearing approximately 30 feet area between the cane block plantations and the neighboring natural grass or bushes as the dry season sets in.
Mohamoud Mohammed, the Executive Director of Horyal Holdings Investment Limited; the company undertaking the sugarcane production project says formal operationalization of the cooperative society follows a successful verification exercise of beneficiaries conducted by government and the district.