Moyo residents protest bad roads, raid UNRA offices & beat staff

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UNRA ED Allen Kagina and her team inspect the road network in Adjumani and Moyo

Uganda National Roads Authority [UNRA] offices at Moyo Station in Moyo District were Monday November 14, 2017 attacked by rioters who accuse the authority of neglecting their poor road system.

UNRA in a statement said the rioters attacked the office due to the state of some roads in the area as a result of the flooding that has recently hit the road network across the whole country.

In response to the unrest, UNRA said the main road from Atiak – Moyo – Afogi is slated for upgrading.

Funding has been secured for the first section from Atiak – Umi and more funding for the section from Laropi – Moyo – Afogi is being sought from other prospective funders.

In the meantime, the road has been earmarked for framework maintenance as a gravel road until the funding is fully secured.

A bottleneck developed at KM2 on the Moyo – Yumbe road at Toloro on Friday 10th, November, 2017.

“Our team from Moyo station, together with the local leadership (RDC and LC5 Chairman) mobilized resources and worked overnight to resolve it. Traffic flow has since been restored on that section.”

Moyo – Obongi road has experienced flooding at KM34; UNRA’s team is in the process of embarking on works on the section as soon as the floods have subsided.

Procurement of framework contracts for the maintenance of over 400kms under the Moyo Station (Districts of Moyo, Adjumani and Yumbe) is in advanced stages and contracts are expected in January 2018.

This will alleviate most of the maintenance backlog that is currently being experienced on the network.

UNRA condemned the physical assault and injury of its staff who have had to be hospitalized.

“Rioting is not a solution when information is freely available. We appeal to the public to remain calm as we do everything possible to restore the road network to motorable condition,” management said in a statement.