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Poor State of Lira-Pader Road Irks Residents

Lucy Anena, a hotel owner in Corner Kilak in Pader district, says recently dozens of vehicles en-route to Lira City and Kitgum districts got stuck along the road.
Vehicles struggle to maneuver through Lira-Pader road. Photo by Emmy Daniel Ojara
Lira-Pader road is in sorry state. The 61 kilometer road stretch is the main link between Lira and Pader districts. It also connects Lira City, Pader, Kitgum and Gulu City through Ogur Sub County in Lira, Agweng Sub County in Erute North Constituency, Aswa, Corner Kilak, Aruu South and Pajule Townc Council in Pader district.  

Some of the residents say sections of the road have been impassable for nearly two years and nothing has been done to work on them. 76-year old Christine Acan, a resident of Agweng Sub County told URN that the poor drainage and potholes are major accidents especially for motorists and cyclists during the rainy seasons. 

She says that pupils of Agweng Primary and Secondary Schools have on many occasions’ skipped school whenever it rains. Martin Okot, a businessman in Ogur Trading Centre has asked the government to expedite the tarmacking of the road to ease transport.  

Lucy Anena, a hotel owner in Corner Kilak in Pader district, says recently dozens of vehicles en-route to Lira City and Kitgum districts got stuck along the road. She asked the leadership in the country to prioritize the upgrading of the road to tarmac, saying it is a major business route for more than four districts.

Recently, Felix Tumukunde, the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) Kitgum Station Manager acknowledged the poor state of the road but noted that the government was planning to have it upgraded.

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