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Poor road network disrupts business in Yei: commissioner

The Commissioner of Yei River County, Aggrey Kanyikwa, raised concerns over the sorry state of roads in the area.


He lamented that the local traders are currently struggling with business owing to the poor road network linking Yei to Juba and Yei to Kaya. The state of the roads got worse as they became impassable after heavy rains.

In an exclusive interview with The City Review yesterday, Kanyikwa said the movements of people had been paralysed.

“We are just stranded because of heavy rains that have spoilt the roads to Juba and Kaya. We are struggling to repair it,” Aggrey said.

He added that the area administration and the communities living by the roadside had embarked on road maintenance between payams and bomas in the county.

The commissioner further said the movement of people and goods from one part of the county to another remains a problem.

“Rain and water outburst (submerged the roads) and that became uncontrollable… “It destroyed the roads, making it hard to move through,” he said.

Kanyikwa appealed to the national ministry of roads and bridges to intervene to save some areas from being cut off from the county.

However, he said they have talked to the partners and they have agreed to help them until next year.

“We have attracted more funding for service deliveries from UNHCR, UN Multi Donor Trust Fund, and the World Bank for next year,” he revealed.

Kanyikwa also called on the residents to embrace peace and unity to manage the hard season, adding that they should report any security threats in their areas.


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