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Deteriorating state of Pakwach-Nebbi road

Motorists along the Pakwach-Nebbi stretch of the Karuma-Olwiyo-Pakwach-Nebbi-Arua highway are complaining about the deteriorating state of the road.

“The road is becoming worse every other passing day. The potholes are becoming bigger and bigger,” complains Owiny Robert, a taxi driver who operates along that route.

Another, Mungu-Acel Walter, says the recent rains have made the road worse, with the worst sections of the road at Acwera, Nyaravur and Alwi.

“We urge the roads authority [Uganda National Roads Authority] to save the road before it completely becomes impassable.”

Road signs along the road have also been massively vandalized.

Dan Alinange, the head of corporate communications at the UNRA acknowledges that the roads agency knows about the declining health of the road.

“This section of the road to Arua is due for rehabilitation. UNRA has awarded the contract for rehabilitation of this road to China Civil Engineering at a cost of sh28bn.

“The contractor is currently mobilising and works are expected to start in January 2015. We shall work with our engineers in Arua [UNRA] station to continue maintaining the road until the contractor takes over in January 2015,” he says.

It was only a decade ago that the 53km Pakwach-Nebbi section of the highway was upgraded to bitumen standard.

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