09 December 2019

Construction of the Lacmon to Apaa (Section
1&2) road in Pabbo Sub-County in Uganda has been blocked by the armed
personnel of the Uganda Wildlife
Authority (UWA)
. The
20km road worth US $459,000 is expected to link remote areas of Lakang through
Kololo to Kampala landing site on the Nile river bank.

The road construction is being undertaken by Davrich Company LTD under
the Project for Restoration of Livelihoods in Northern Uganda (PRELNOR), a
government initiative for the nine districts of Amuru, Nwoya, Pader, Omoro,
Gulu, Lamwo, Agago, Kitgum and Adjumani under the control of the Ministry of
Local Government.

The armed rangers issued a directive to halt the
road construction process because it was passing through the gazetted East Madi
Conservation Area under Adjumani district local government. Additionally, UWA
said that the district did not conduct a social environmental impact assessment
for the project.

The government however has a long-term development
strategy as outlined in the Government’s Vision 2040, which aims to increase
and improve the quality of infrastructure stock to foster transformation of the
Uganda’s economy from low income to a more competitive upper middle- income

The project is aimed at tackling congestion in the
city of Kampala through improvement of road network, upgrading of traffic
junctions, and enhanced drainage capacity to mitigate flooding on the streets.
The project entails: improvement of 62 km of roads, 123 km of non-motorized
traffic facilities, provision of street lighting; provision of scheduled eco-
bus services with supporting infrastructure (bus depot and dedicated lanes).

The project is expected to benefit at least 1.6 million people including: commuters, businesses, and transporters passing through the city regularly, poised to experience improved transport efficiency.

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