By Simon Onziga
Uganda National Roads Authority -UNRA has outlined over 270km roads for maintenance in west Nile region. Eng. Julius Mwesigwa Kacebonaho the Station Manager Arua disclosed this to the West Nile MPs and local government leaders in the region.
Some of the MPs together with the district local government leaders have tasked Uganda National Roads Authority UNRA to improve the road network in the region after failing to adhere to several pleas from the region.
Moses Angundru the MP of Terego West constituency wonders why continuous promises for the region have never come to pass. He cites the poor state of the Manibe-Wandi-Owaffa-Yumbe road as an example of one of the roads that has not been paid attention to amidst the many assurances made towards refurbishing it.
Similarly Ogama Ismail Ali Member of Parliament for Lower Madi constituency challenged UNRA on the funds meant for the roads that are being maintained by the refugee agencies as they lead to or exist in the refugee hosting vicinities.
Meanwhile, Wadri Kasiano Ezati the MP Arua municipality is not happy of the rampant shoddy works being done by some of the contractors. He mentions the poor quality of works done on the Pakwach-Nebbi road as an example of shoddy works done under the authority.
However, UNRA regional manager for Northern Uganda Rubahanya Macelino urges the leaders to consult in order to handle emergencies and he also cautions the officials to improve on the quality of services provided.
UNRA faces a challenge of high traffic on some roads in the region such as Koboko- Lodonga and Nebbi-Goli roads which are beyond capacity of gravel road hence high deterioration rates. End