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Adjumani Residents Block Road Over Its Poor State

Mahmud Dhoka one of the protesters says that the road had turned into a death trap for the locals due to its appalling state. He says they have so far lost three people and several others got injured due to the bad state of the road.
One of the road barricades erected by residents of Mgbere Cell in Adjumani District

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Residents of Mgbere Cell in Adjumani Town Council, Adjumani district have staged a demonstration protesting the poor state of Adjumani Airstrip- Openzinzi -Amuru road.

According to the locals, the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) last maintained this road more than six years ago and yet this is a major road that links to the popular Awindiri produce market to Adjumani market.

The locals this morning barricaded the road with logs and old car tyres in order to block traffic from using it. By this morning motorists were forced to use alternative routes to access the area.

Mahmud Dhoka, one of the protesters, says that the road had turned into a death trap for the locals due to its appalling state. He says they have so far lost three people and several others got injured due to the bad state of the road.

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Joyce Madrara, another protester from Kyabwiso cell, told URN that she sustained a  permanent back injury following an accident due to the deplorable state of the road. Madrara says that they decided to close the road to draw the attention of the UNRA after they failed to respond to their previous complaints.

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Lawrence Mangapi the LC III chairperson of Adjumani Town council says although UNRA officials in May this year pledged to work on the road but up to now no action has been taken.

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But, Julius Mwesigye, the Station Engineer of UNRA - Moyo has urged the residents to remain calm, noting that the works failed to commence due to financial constraints. Mwesigye says they intend to prioritise the road once they receive funds.

“We haven’t received funds for our activities this financial year. But once we get the funds we shall work on the road,” he said.

Currently, most parts of West Nile sub region are experiencing heavy rains which has left many roads in a deplorable state.

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