According to Amuriat, for past 10 days of the campaign trail, his entourage has suffered and severally gotten stuck in the mud due to the appalling state of roads in the countryside due to poor maintenance by the ruling National Resistance Movement government compounded by heavy rains.
Patrick Oboi Amuriat, the Forum for Democratic Change – FDC party
presidential candidate has promised to fix bad feeder roads in Acholi sub-region
once elected President.
Some of the presidential candidates who include Joseph Kabuleta; John Katumba
have skipped their campaign schedules in Kitgum, Lamwo, Agago, Pader, Nwoya and
Amuru Districts due to impassible roads.
Amuriat who has been in the region since Monday to canvass for votes revealed
that the roads in the region are appalling. He cited the Kitgum – Padibe -
Lokung roads, Kitgum – Omiya Anyima-Namukora roads and Pader – Lira roads that
are almost impossible.
According to Amuriat, for past 10 days of the campaign trail, his entourage has
suffered and severally gotten stuck in the mud due to the appalling state of
roads in the countryside due to poor maintenance by the ruling National
Resistance Movement government compounded by heavy rains.
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Amuriat says the FDC manifesto has a comprehensive plan to address inaccessible
roads in the region to boost agriculture production, enhance access to
commercial markets and improve access to social services.
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Amuriat was also shocked at the state of bad roads in Omoro where he campaigned
on Wednesday. The FDC candidate was also on Thursday appalled by bad roads as
he traversed Nwoya and Amuru Districts to canvass for votes to back his
Morris Odong, a concerned resident lauded Amuriat for his vision to improve
road networks in post-war Acholi sub-region because it is one of the factors
stifling rapid economic recovery for the rural communities.
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Walter Akena, another concerned citizen observed that bad roads in the region are
threatening Presidential campaigns because the candidates won’t be able to
traverse all the 146 districts across the country.
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Amuriat successfully addressed FDC supporters in Alero trading centre; and
Anaka Town Council in Nwoya before heading to neighbouring Amuru District where
he also addressed supporters by the roadside in Parabongo, Pabbo and Atiak
He pledged that once FDC is voted to power in the 2021 general polls, his
government will pay each Ugandan household a monthly stipend of 100,000
shillings. He also promised to compensate families whose properties during the
two-decade-long LRA insurgency.
Ochola's journalism career begun from Radio King 90.2 FM in Gulu around 2009, and Radio Rupiny 95.7 Fm under Vision Group in 2012. He also reported for Mighty Fire 91.5 Fm, Kitgum in 2015 before joining Wizarts Foundation in 2017.
He has been reporting for Uganda Radio Network (URN) since 2017 before being posted as Bureau Chief Kitgum, and latr Gulu between 2018 - 2021. Currently, he reports from Parliament.