Angry Residents Blockade Damaged Road in Pader

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Furious youths have blocked the Lacani – Pajule road in Pajule Town Council, Pader district protesting against its impassable state. They claim the road was last maintained by the district works and technical department in 2014.

The residents were led Pajule Sub County Councilor Godfrey Ocaya who accuses the district authorities of taking too long to work on the road, which has hindered public transport in the area.

Ocaya said recently, a UPDF ambulance that was rushing an expectant mother to St. Joseph’s Hospital Kitgum was stuck on the road for over six hours, leading to the death of the baby while the mother is still hospitalized.

Alice Aketo, the parish councilor of Palwo said they blocked the same road in April compelling the district officials to pledge to work on the road within two weeks but it never materialized.

According to Ismail Odongkara, the LCII Chairperson of Wili Ward, traffic on the road has been diverted into people’s gardens as motorists and pedestrians try to dodge the bad spots on the 28 kilometre stretch.

In the Financial Year 2017/2018, Pader District Local Government allocated 1.4 billion Shillings towards the construction of the road. But the authorities say there has been nothing done to ensure that it remains passable.

Francis Toolit, the Pader district Secretary for Works and Technical Services admitted that the state of the roads in the district is appalling due to delays caused by the Integrated Financial Management System (IFMS).

Toolit explained that the district excavator and other road work equipment are presently deployed on Latanya – Pader road, another impassable road section. He said after they will shift to rectify the anomaly on Lacani – Pajule road adding the district has earmarked 78 million Shillings for it.

However, while camping and cooking on site, the protesters have indefinitely barricaded the road and paralyzed traffic saying they will not heed to any plea unless the road is worked on at the earliest time.

-URN
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