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Kwania District Residents Repair Impassable Road

The road that connects residents to Aduku Saturday market and Aduku Town Council is impassable during the rainy season. It has many potholes and has no proper drainage system.
Residents use hand hoes to repair impassable Community access road Photo by Solomon Okabo

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Residents of Apire parish in Aduku Sub County Kwania district have been compelled to repair a six 6 kilometre community access road.

The road that connects residents to Aduku Saturday market and Aduku Town Council is impassable during the rainy season. It has many potholes and has no proper drainage system.

On Saturday, the residents mobilized themselves and decided to work on the road using hand hoes and opened the drainage. They say several businesses along the said road have been crippled by its deteriorated state, made worse by torrential rains and the heavy trucks that habitually use it.

Patrick Elem, a resident of Apire A Village said that they decided as a community to repair the road after district officials failed to intervene. Elem said the delay to construct the road has affected the delivery of farmers’ produce to the markets. 

//Cue in: “Wan ka opuro …

Cue out: … ento okuro kwe.”//

Another resident Teddy Ayo said due to the poor state of the road they were unable to access medical services at Apire Health Center III and Aduku Health Center IV prompting them to repair the road themselves.

//Cue in: “An ame akopi…

Cue out: … idakatal dang pe.”//

Sam Omara Angai, the LCIII Chairperson Aduku sub-county says that agricultural activities have been affected in the area due to the bad roads. He says the community initiative would enable easier transportation of produce to the markets.

“The Sub County alone produces maize, beans, and rice annually on large scale. However, these crops never make it to the market, thus a major food basket is shutting out due to impassable roads” he said. He noted that the Sub County is constrained financially to rehabilitate all the roads in the area.

Jimmy Emmanuel Okello Ecun, the Chairperson Works and Technical Services at Kwania District Local Council, says the road has been earmarked to be worked on in the next quarter. He said that they are expecting some money and the road will be worked on soon.