The Apaa Bridge connects major roads that link Pabbo Sub-County to River Nile landing site; Puno-Dyang, Acholiber, Amuru Town Council, Layima, Pailyec in Amuru and neighboring Opuwa and Itirikwa Sub-Counties in Adjumani.
Road users in Amuru District have raised concerns over the lack of
guard rails at the Apaa Bridge. Guard rails help to prevent vehicles from
slipping off the road in steep areas.
Heavy vehicles have found it difficult
to pass over the bridge while transporting goods due to steep slopes at the
The Apaa Bridge connects major roads that link Pabbo Sub-County to River Nile
landing site; Puno-Dyang, Acholiber, Amuru Town Council, Layima, Pailyec in
Amuru and neighbouring Opuwa and Itirikwa Sub-Counties in Adjumani.
The bridge was washed away during the heavy torrential rains in 2020 leaving it
in ruins which possess a great risk to heavy trucks transporting forest
products such as timber and charcoal and agriculture produce among others.
Samuel Nyero, a cyclist explains that the bridge lacks rails and barriers which
is a great threat to any vehicle that may lose control while crossing the Apaa
River. He added that heavy rains often submerge the bridge rendering it impassable.
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Several trucks have in the past lost control and fallen off the
bridge killing and injuring passengers.
The latest incident happened
on February 10th, when a Canter truck UAU 932G that was transporting
produce and vendors from Apaa Market overturned at the bridge.
The accident injured six occupants who were rushed to Adjumani Hospital and St.
Mary’s Hospital Lacor for treatment. Lydia Aryemo, one of the accident
survivors blamed the accident on the absence of barriers that could have
stopped the truck.
Christopher Odongkara, the Pabbo Sub-County LCIII Chairperson in Amuru from
where Apaa was carved explained that work on the bridge has been impossible
after Apaa was gazetted to be part of Adjumani District Local Government.
Local authorities say the Bridge has been abandoned following Apaa boundary
disputes between Amuru and Adjumani District Local Governments. Uganda Wildlife
Authority - UWA also claims Apaa is part of East Madi Game Reserve.
But Martin Akera, the District Secretary for Works and Technical Services argues
that Apaa Bridge belongs to Amuru District Local Government. He added that
plans are underway to rehabilitate the bridge spur economic development in the
Ochola's journalism career begun from Radio King 90.2 FM in Gulu around 2009, and Radio Rupiny 95.7 Fm under Vision Group in 2012. He also reported for Mighty Fire 91.5 Fm, Kitgum in 2015 before joining Wizarts Foundation in 2017.
He has been reporting for Uganda Radio Network (URN) since 2017 before being posted as Bureau Chief Kitgum, and latr Gulu between 2018 - 2021. Currently, he reports from Parliament.