Pader, Uganda – Several hundreds of people in Ajan sub-county are currently facing a standoff and lacking essential service deliveries including health, education, business, among others as the major bridge connecting Wipolo and Atanga mission has been washed off during a heavy downpour that took place yesterday, 20th October 2023.
Earlier on, in 2021, the bridge was a hot cake after it was washed off too.
According to local leaders, this has caused a continued poor road network between the two parishes in the area.
Paul Odokonyero, a resident of Watlac village, Ajan sub-county, says the locals are suffering due to damage caused by the heavy rain. “The sick, expectant mothers, pupils, among others have become more vulnerable to access services from Atanga mission trading center,” he added.
One of the Ajan sub-county leaders says that Wipolo parish and Pakeyo parishes have been cut off completely from each other as a result of the heavy downpour. He urged the district leaders to take this issue as a life-threatening thing or disaster to sort out the issue within one week.
This comes amidst several pledges from the district leaders. “The district will take it into consideration immediately by calling the contractor to work on it,” the Pader district secretary for works and technical services, Patrick Obua, in September 2021 acknowledged.
Meanwhile, “The district will have to approve an emergency fund that will be used to repair the bridge,” says Rtd Col Fearless Obwoya Oyat, the Pader district LC V. he added that he was depressed about the delay in repairing the damaged Watlac Bridge in Ajan.
Following those promises, to date; the residents remain waiting in vain for proper rehabilitation of the bridge since it is a district road. The bridge has become a problem for years especially during the rainy seasons, where community members always gather to sort it themselves.