By Rackara Emmanuel
A group of residents and boda boda riders of Kanyagoga ‘A’ sub ward in Bar-dege division, Gulu municipality on Monday morning staged a protest blocking Oola-lubaro road.
They planted cassava, sugar cane stem and logs in protest.
The protest was spearheaded by the division LC III chairman – Lumumba Patrick who marched up to the municipality Headquarters with angry residents, storming the office of the Mayor in demand for an upgrade of Oola-lubaro road and other roads within the division.
They say the states of the roads are “appalling and detoriating”.
There has been continuous grading by contractor but still, it is inaccessible.
According to Lumumba, the division chairman, they have decided to protest because they have been promised “several times by the municipal council about tarmacking the roads but all in vain”.
He adds that “it is a big shock learning that out of the seven roads which were meant to be constructed under the Uganda Support to Municipal Infrastructure Development (USMID) phase II were removed and redistributed to other divisions”.
“Our worry is that plans are being concocted by the municipality to push the reconstruction of the priority roads to 2022 and picking short kilometer roads that isn’t a fair deal,” Lumumba noted.
Komakech Charles Gordon, one of the boda boda riders said they have been demanding for tarmacking of these roads since 2001 but up to now there has been “no good response and yet the bad roads are impassable”.
“As boda bodas we are failing to provide for our families because the bad roads is hampering the smooth running of our business,” he added.
Kinyera Patrick, Secretary works – Gulu district local government said the “outbreak of this protest is genuine” because there has “been a lot of communication gap in the entire process and it must have been addressed first”.
“The municipality leadership should have told the residents clearly in a meeting to justify why the roads construction had taken long,” he added.