The district has fixed a total road distance of 89 kilometres on nine road sections in three sub-counties creating access to areas that were cut off due to a collapsed road network. The district Engineer Martin Opio says that over 260 million Shillings from the Uganda Road Fund has been spent on the task which started in June 2019.
Amudat District has up-scaled its
routine road maintenance in a move to improve its road network and ease
movement of rural communities to areas within and outside the district.
The district has fixed a total
road distance of 89 kilometres on nine road sections in three sub-counties
creating access to areas that were cut off due to a collapsed road network. The
district Engineer Martin Opio says that over 260 million Shillings from the
Uganda Road Fund has been spent on the task which started in June 2019.
The district has also upgraded 27
kilometers from Loroo to Longomor near Moroto at the cost of 280 million, spent
with support from the central government, through the Office of the Prime Minister
Millennium Promise. The other key road that has been upgraded is the 9-kilometer
Kaekol – Kange Road which links the community to a primary school.
Earlier, the residents of Lorro
had to travel 50 kilometres on Boda-boda through Amudat town before heading to
Moroto through Nakapiripirit - a distance of over 200 kilometres. Now their
journey has been shortened to 63 kilometres to Moroto town and equally become
The robust road network across
the district has excited the residents who have lived in the area for over ten
years while enduring a bad road network.
Doreen Oindi, a businesswoman in
Loroo Sub County told URN that this is the first time she was seeing a paved
road in her community. Oindi expressed
hope that the road will boost trade and ease transport to main towns like Mbale
and Moroto where they get services such as banking, trade, and referrals.
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Esther Nafula, a resident of
Lorro Sub County which is 60 kilometres south-east of Amudat equally believes that the
the good road network will boost business and ease transport.
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With the new roads now in place,
many hard to reach areas have become more accessible enabling pregnant mothers
to go for health services with ease while the pupils have access to schools.
The Amudat Chief Administrative
Officer Wasswa Masokoyi told URN in an interview that the roadworks is aimed at
connecting communities to better opportunities and facilitate the farmers
realize Vision 2040 of attaining middle income status through market access.
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Amudat is known for commercial
production of maize and livestock. However previous attempts by the farmers to
profit from specialized production were hampered by bad roads. According to
Masokoyi, maize farmers can now sell their produce to Mbale where they can
fetch good prices.