UNRA Deploys Boat Services on River Aswa

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Following the tragedy, private boat owners would charge over 5000 Shillings to transport a person across the river, a rate which left several residents stranded on a daily basis. Business was equally paralyzed as the districts of Pader, Agago, and Lamwo remained cut off.

The Uganda National Roads Authority has deployed boat services on River Aswa to ease movement of people following the collapse of Puranga Bridge.

The deployment follows a directive issued by UNRA executive Director Allen Kagina during a two-day Northern Uganda roads tour that started yesterday.

The bridge that connects Pader, Agago, Lamwo and Kitgum districts to Lira district in Northern Uganda, collapsed on October 20th 2015 under the weight of an overloaded cement truck.

Following the tragedy, private boat owners would charge over 5000 Shillings to transport a person across the river, a rate which left several residents stranded on a daily basis. Business was equally paralyzed as the districts of Pader, Agago, and Lamwo remained cut off. 

Milton Okeny, a resident of Puranga trading centre in Pader district told Uganda Radio Network that their businesses were crippled since the collapse of the bridge while a few brave individuals would risk their lives to climb the broken bridge.

Yakobo Okot another resident of Puranga trading centre said they were unable to sell their produce since no vehicle could cross on either side.

On the basis of this, Kagina ordered Lira UNRA station to ensure fast deployment of boat service to temporarily ease movement of locals in the area pending the construction of a temporary bridge in the area.

She added that UNRA would embark on the procurement of contractor under the emergency procurement system in order to hasten the process.
 
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Currently passengers are using the alternative route that goes through Aromo-Awere sub counties in Lira district and Agweng through Otuke-Pader route to access either region.

 

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Ronald Odongo
Ronald Odongo is the URN Bureau Chief Lira, Northern Uganda.A multimedia Journalist, Media trainer and investigative enthusiast. Lira,Apac,Dokolo,Oyam, Kwania, Otuke, Amolatar,and Alebtong districts fall under his docket. Odongo has been a URN staff member since 2012 though he had been a contributor since 2006.

Odongo started out as a bicycle reporter for Radio Unity in 2004. He was Radio Rhino FM's senior reporter, Luo news anchor and station producer between 2006 and 2011. Odongo started out as a freelance writer for Uganda Radio Network in 2006.

Odongo is particularly interested in reporting on community health, and education concerns. Good governance and human rights beats are dear to Odongo as a former Lord’s Resistance Army rebels captive 1996-1998.