Pader Chairman Appeals to Government Over Puranga Bridge

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Alfred Akena, the Pader District LC V Chairman says the collapse of the bridge has paralysed business.

Puranga Bridge on Aswa River has collapsed leaving traders and commuters between Pader and Lira districts stranded. The bridge collapsed on Tuesday under the weight of a heavy truck registration number UAV 410X that was ferrying cement from Lira to Kitgum.

Four people aboard the truck including the driver Ismail Kassajja were rescued before the bridge gave way. Alfred Akena, the Pader District LC V Chairman says the collapse of the bridge has paralysed business.He asks government to erect a temporary bridge as plans get underway to construct a new bridge.


The bridge has been the main link between Lira, Pader, Agago and Lamwo and Kitgum districts. Dillis Aciro, a businesswoman in Kilak County says it has become too costly to connect to Lira and Gulu Districts following the collapse of Puranga Bridge.

Aciro says they have been spending Shillings 20,000 for a return trip from Pader to Lira but they now have to fork out Shillings 62,000.  According to Aciro, the high transport cost is likely to push up food and commodity prices.
Grace Okot, a resident of Pader district says it is unfortunate that the bridge has collapsed at a time when business is picking up. According to Okot, business thrives whenever the festive season draws closer because of increased demand.

Odonga Otto, the Aruu County MP in Pader District says the collapse of the bridge is an immediate challenge for Government. He appeals to government to put up a temporary bridge to help residents to continue with their normal lives.

Jimmy Patrick Okema, the Aswa Regional Police Spokesperson says a team from Uganda National Roads Authority has already visited the bridge to assess the damage. The Pader District Technical Team is meeting to write a report to government and relevant  Ministries on the bridge for immediate intervention. 

Information obtained from Pader district shows that Puranga Bridge was built in the early 1960's.