PAKWACH. The Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) board chairperson, Mr Fred Jachan Omach has warned politicians against creating confusion among members of the community by using the roads and bridges under construction by the authority as a tool for lobbying votes.
Omach said with the coming 2021 general elections, it has become a habit for some politicians in the region to scramble over the numerous UNRA Bridges and road projects, claiming they are the ones who have pushed for their construction works.
Speaking to stakeholders in Pakwach district on Wednesday, Omach noted that it is absurd to see that even in Pakwach, a section of politicians have started fighting for fame over the ongoing rehabilitation works on Oraa one and two Bridges in Wadelai sub-county.
"We have noted with concerns that some leaders are moving around confusing the community that they are the ones working on Wadelai Bridge forgetting that the Bridge is being worked on by UNRA. I now ask them to repent for their actions,", he said.
According to Omach, UNRA has earmarked shs152.7billion under the national development plan III for the construction and rehabilitation of seventeen Bridges in the West Nile region effective July 1, 2020.
Among the Bridges set for construction are four along Pakwach-Ocoko roads and he identified them as Oraa one and two, Awaa and Omelika in Arua district which is expected to cost Shs34.8billion in total.
He added that besides roads, plans to upgrade the 16km Nebbi - Goli road and the delayed Goli - Paidha Zeu are also underway.
Meanwhile, Omach confirmed that the funds for the tarmacking of Nebbi - Vurra road hasn't been secured, adding that UNRA is currently working closely with the government through the parliamentary budget committee to urgently allocate funds for its work to commence.
Mr Swaib Toko, the Pakwach resident district commissioner pledged to intensify sensitization at the grassroots for people to differentiate between the community, district and UNRA roads to avoid such confusion created by politicians.
He urged the community to appreciate the development of the infrastructure that will easy transportation of goods and services in the district.