PAKWACH. The residents of different villages along Pakwach - Wadelai road in Pakwach district have expressed concern over the quality of workmanship on the road under construction.

Uganda national roads authority (UNRA) contracted BLD construction company limited to upgrade the road which has been in sorry state for years.
But as the work reaches its final stage of completion, locals have come out to express dissatisfaction with the quality of work which has so far been done.

They claim that the murram used was not properly compacted and as a result, rain is washing away most parts of the road, rendering it impassable to many due to the huge gulleys formed along the way.

Mr Isaac Jalobo, a resident of Lobodegi Parish in Panyango Sub County said he is concerned about the massive erosion on the road that has now exposed people to the risk of accidents if district leaders don't intervene in time.

He added that on several occasions, the locals expressed willingness to show the contractor the black spots of the road which are prone to erosion and accidents but they have always been turned away.

Mr Opilo Dennis, a resident of Pakwach town council noted that most Boda Boda riders have already started taking advantage of the depleting road to exploit clients.

He said they are intending to formalise their displeasure about what they are referring to as ‘shoddy work’ and laxity on the side of Pakwach district officials especially in monitoring government programs with the aim of benefiting the ordinary people.

When contacted, Mr Hannington Avola, the Pakwach district Engineer acknowledged the concerns of the locals but equally expressed bitterness to the contractor whom he accused of ignoring the district leadership after securing the contract from UNRA.

"When they started the road construction project, they never even reported to the district headquarters to meet with me and other district officials for guidance," Avola said.

Avola added that following the numerous complaints about the state of the road being worked upon, a team of district officials was last week sent to the ministry of works and transport to protest against the ongoing work on the Pakwach – Wadelai road.

However, efforts to reach the contractor for a comment proved futile as the site Engineer also declined to comment on the matter saying he is not allowed to speak on behalf of the company.

The work on Pakwach – Wadelai road which stretches toArua through Ogoko and Ajia sub counties in Arua district is in fulfilment of President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni’s 2016 election campaign pledge to the people of Pakwach district.