More than 100 cargo trucks connecting to and from Nimule ply Gulu-Attiak-Nimule Highway each day. However, the road has been in a sorry state for over four years. It is filled with potholes and shattered drainage system almost all the way from Gulu City to Amuru district.
Road users struggle to repair a tyre after hitting a pot hole at Parabongo along the Gulu-Attiak-Nimule Highway
are unhappy with the poor state of Gulu-Attiak-Nimule Highway. The 106
kilometer road stretch connects Tanzania-Kenya, Uganda and Nimule in South
Sudan through Gulu City and Amuru district. The road was tarmacked in
2015 at the tune of Shillings 89 billion with funding from the World Bank.
More than 100 cargo trucks connecting to and
from Nimule ply Gulu-Attiak-Nimule Highway each day. However, the road has been in a sorry state
for over four years. It is filled with potholes and shattered drainage system
almost all the way from Gulu City to Amuru district.
affected areas include For-God, Customs Corner in Gulu, Awer and Parabongo in
Amuru district. Michael Lakony, the Amuru District LC V Chairperson, says more
than three cases of serious accidents are recorded along the bad spots on the
road between Parabongo and Attiak Town Council weekly.
He explains that the most affected are motorcyclists who hit the potholes while
riding at night and end up sustaining serious injuries and damage to their
motorcycles. According to Lakony, he petitioned Uganda National Roads Authority
(UNRA) recently demanding for immediate repair of the worst affected areas.
Job Ronny Okot, who plies the road during his routine fieldwork, told URN that
he survived an accident after his car hit a pothole at Parabongo Trading center
in Amuru district. He appealed to UNRA to expedite the repair works, saying
the road is dangerous for user.
Christopher Acaye, a motorcyclist, says in addition to accidents they also
endure severe bodily pains after long rides on the road. UNRA Spokesperson,
Mark Ssali, says they have started repairing the most affected areas on the
road in phases.
Emmy Daniel Ojara is a young journalist and has been practicing since 2013, during which he covered land rights violation in the contested Apaa and Lakang in Amuru as his first take ups while at Gulu Fm, Favor Fm and later Paidha Fm and Speak Fm where he is still attached.
Human rights abuses and denied access to land by security and government agencies has been the major aftermath of the contest over the lands. The underprivileged such as women, children and the elderly faced challenges in accessing soc