By Frank Kamuntu
Gulu: Residents of Railway village in Layibi Division Gulu municipality and other road users have protested the poor state of roads in their region.
The four-kilometer Olam-Sisto road which has been in a poor state for over five years is a major route for business, health and education services connecting the community to the nearest Layibi Techo Health Centre II, St Joseph`s College Layibi, Layibi Trading Centre and Gulu Main abattoir.
Residents say the road which was opened ten years ago has been in a poor state for over five years and Gulu Municipal Council has since turned deaf ears to their plight for its repair.
On Saturday September 28, 2019, locals mobilized and repaired part of the road and also filled up several potholes using hoes, Pangas, machette among others.
They say they cannot keep watching accidents happening daily and people suffering from injuries.
Patrick Ocan, the Orubu parish local chief said that during the exercise the road had become impassable for bicycles, motorcycles, foot as well as vehicles during the rainy season.
He explained that the community was prompted into action following last week`s incidence in which a bus full of pupils of Mother Ludia Nursery and Primary School veered off the road with over 100 pupils.
Jimmy Bodo says movement on the road is very difficult during night hours especially when it is muddy.
He joined the community work on Saturday after a pregnant mother destined to Layibi Techo Health Centre II fell off a motorcycle along the same road due to its poor state.
Samuel Okaka, who uses the road extended financial support to the residents who were repairing the road.