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Gulu City Residents Protest Poor State of Roads

This morning, angry residents and the business community from Goans Quarters blocked the 1.5 kilometers road protesting its appalling condition. They mounted barricades, boulders, wood logs and planted crops demanding that no business takes place along the road until it is repaired.

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Residents of Bardege-Layibi division in Gulu City have staged a demonstration protesting the poor road network in their area, which they say have been in a sorry state for over three years. 

The affected include the five-kilometre Airfield road, Pope Paul II road and 1.5 Kilometer Okelo-Okeno road, which connect to major businesses, health facilities and educational institutions among others.   

This morning, angry residents and the business community from Goans Quarters blocked the 1.5 kilometers road protesting its appalling condition. They mounted barricades, boulders, wood logs and planted crops demanding that no business takes place along the road until it is repaired.  

They say that the road has numerous potholes, a poor drainage system and is waterlogged whenever it rains, adding that it has become a death trap for the users. Okelo-Okeno road has been earmarked for upgrade under the Uganda Support to Municipal for Infrastructural Development (USMID) but the work has never commenced.

It connects to Gulu Independent Hospital, Gulu Main Market, Acholi Chiefdom, Gulu Airfield, St Mary`s Hospital Lacor, Gulu Modern Market and the Forth Division Army Barracks. Robert Ayot Okwera, the Kasubi Goans Quarter Local Council Chairperson, says that the residents mobilized to block the road in order to send a message to Gulu City authorities on the sorry state of the road.

He told URN that this alone a pregnant mother survived death after slipping off the motorcycle she was travelling on and fell down leaving her unconscious.

//Cue in: ‘’eni tye ka…  

Cue out: …kareto dano eni.’’//   

Sarah Ayot, a proprietor of a kiosk along the road told URN that it has become unbearable for them to continue risking their items on motorcycles manoeuvring through the road. She said that they will only open the road once they get a commitment from the Bardege-Layibi division mayor to repair the road within the shortest time possible.  

//Cue in: ‘’yoo ni eni…  

Cue out: …because yoo rac,’’//   

Patrick Oola Lulumumba, the Bardege-Layibi Division Mayor admitted the sorry state of the roads, saying they have been earmarked for tarmacking and the works would start soon. He blamed residents for blocking the road works since they refused to provide land for expansion.  

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