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Heavy Rain Washes Away Lamwo Roads. :: Uganda Radionetwork

Heavy Rain Washes Away Lamwo Roads.

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Heavy Rain Washes Away Lamwo Roads.

Franklin Ezaruku Draku


The ongoing heavy rainfall in Lamwo district has cut off several villages and sub-counties from the district headquarters. The worst affect roads are Padibe-Paloga road, Paloga-Madi Opei, and Paloga-Agoro roads.

Over 15 kilometers of Paloga-Agoro sub-county roads is completely impassable and vehicles are forced to veer off into gardens and connect through homes.

Several farmers are already threatening to drag the district leadership to court for the destructions and losses incurred because of poor roads.

Bazilio Kilama, a cotton farmer in Paloga parish, Paloga sub-county is in tears after vehicles and passengers destroyed almost a quarter of an acre of his cotton plantation.

Kilama who has over five acres of cotton plantation says for the last three weeks, vehicles that use the road connecting Paloga and Agoro sub-counties have been destroying his plantation.

Kilama says he has attempted to block them by blocking the roads, but they end up penetrating deeper into the field. Kilama wants Lamwo district leadership to compensate him for the losses or he takes legal action against the district.

Douglas Okumu, in Paloga however believes the failure to repair the roads is a deliberate attempt to deny the people of Paloga and other affected sub-counties access to the district headquarters.

Okumu says the failure is an indication that the leaders do not care about the plight of the locals. Okumu has vowed to punish the political leaders in the next elections for neglecting provision of basic services to the locals.

Lamwo district secretary for production, works and technical services, Beatrice Atimnago blames the problem on lack of enough funds to repair the roads. Atimnago says the district lacks funds and equipments to repair the washed out patches of the roads.

She says the district is lobbying the central government to release more funds for the construction of the worst affected roads.

Atimango has however warned the drivers to desist from destroying crops and homesteads. She says any driver found causing destruction because of bad roads will be arrested and prosecuted. She also says such a driver will be forced to offer double compensation for the destruction caused to the farmers.

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