Planned construction of Lira-Kamdini road and other roads planned for in the national development plan 3.

Leaders of Lango parliamentary group have written to ministry of works and transport and ministry of finance to convene a meeting for leaders from Lango to discuss issues surrounding the planned construction of Lira-Kamdini road and other roads planned for in the national development plan 3.

Lango parliamentary group general secretary also Kole North MP Dr. Samuel Opio Acuti said they want the ministry of works to display to Lango leaders, the contract agreement for Lira-Kamdini road project which government signed with the contractor, Motaengil Africa since they have only seen the road design.

About construction of Amuca to Kole district road, Opio said Motaengil Africa begun working on a section from Odokomit to Amuca, leaving out other sections which are still battling issues of the road reserve.

He said they want to also meet minister of finance, Matia Kasaija to brief them on government plans to construct Dokolo-Namasale, Lira-Aloi-Otuke, Aboke to Bobi via Iceme and Ngai among others that Uganda national roads authority carried out a feasibility study on, stating where government plans to secure funds from to fund the projects.

Opio Acuti said they want government to tarmac roads in Lango measuring 520 km.”

Lira district chairman has rejected a move to hand over Lira district headquarters to Lira city.

The draft Cities and local government regulations tabled before parliament recently and later referred to the committee of local government, stipulates how districts from which new cities were formed are supposed to share assets with the city authorities.

The draft Cities and local government regulations states that the assets currently situated in a particular administrative unit will remain under the ownership of the particular administrative unit, staff accommodation will also be under the mandate of the district or city where it is situated, houses with land titles will be under the city or district where it is located, among others.

Lira district chairman RCM Okello Orik said the cities and local government regulations has some loopholes which should be fixed before it is approved for implementation.

Okello Orik said much as the cities and local government regulations states that housing estates, and headquarters like Lira district chambers should remain under the custody of Lira city the same states that all buildings in titled land belongs to the district.

He said headquarters of former Sub Counties of Lira district have been given to Lira district like; Lira, Ngetta, Adekokwok as well as schools and health facilities and they are not willing to hand over more assets to Lira city.”

Mayor of Lira city East Division has accused Lira city law enforcement officers of receiving bribes from street vendors to prolong their stay on the streets.

Geoge Okello Ayo said this is frustrating their efforts to remove street vendors from the streets.

Ayo said they are considering other strategies to evict street vendors from the streets.

Some of the plans by Lira city East division for financial year 2022/2023 financial year to develop Lira main market include; opening more entrances, rehabilitating drainage channels, installing the market leadership, and vendors to take up payment of utility bills.

Lira city east division collects only 20 million shillings from the main market which cannot support payment of utility bills, a reason the division has shifted the burden to vendors.

Okello Ayo also said they plan to operationalize Ireda, Kamswhili and Kitgum stage markets to decongest the main market.

Lira city Principal Law Enforcement officer Simba Omule declined to comment on the matter.”

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