MOYO. Local residents of Itula Sub County in Moyo district are threatening to block the road that leads to Angalingcini landing site from the sub county headquarters in a planned demonstration over its appalling state.
The locals claim that while the road is being used by refugee agencies for tracking water from River Nile, its degraded poor state has been ignored by the authorities.
During a meeting with the district officials on Thursday, the residents accused the Sub County authorities of not working on the road despite its significance to the community and the refugee population.
They also piled more blamed on the same authority for failing to provide safe and clean water for locals of Dongo parish who have now resorted to drinking water from River Nile there by exposing them to dangers of water borne diseases.
Mr Patrick Lagu, the Angalingcini village chairman said they are giving the leaders an ultimatum of one week to work on the road after which they will block trucks from ferrying water for refugees in camps using the road.
He tasked the district officials to clearly mention the entities that are responsible for maintaining the road.
“We have on several occasions engaged the authorities over the issues of this particular road but nothing has been done much as the road is still relevant to the community members in the areas,” Lagu stated.
Ms Joyce Edea, the head teacher of Itula primary school expressed worry over the pupils crossing from the school to Itula health center III to access drinking water due to unreliable source of water at the school. She said the practice may lead to accidents involving the learners.
According to the head teacher, the school has always been rated poor in terms of sanitation and hygiene because of the absence of water for washing their hands after visiting toilet. The school has a total population of 1,254 pupils.
Mr Ali Lomure, the Sub county chairman in his defense said he has tried what it takes to maintain the road but have been affected by inadequate resources to work on it. He however, said plans are already under way to connect water for Itula primary school.
Meanwhile Mr Williams Anyama, the Moyo district chairman said community access roads are under the mandate of the sub county authorities for maintenance but due to the busyness of the road in question, the district will take over its maintenance.
Anyama has appealed to the locals to calm down as he engages UNHCR and other implementing partners to extend helping hand in maintaining the road since they are its biggest beneficiaries.