Bold pupils clear snake infested, 2km road after govt neglect

Namibian primary and secondary pupils have re-opened a snake-infested access road abandoned by the Aroi Sub-county government officials.

Ugandan school pupils in a farm (illustratrive purposes only)

Students from Aliba Primary and St Peter's Secondary School,  assisted by community members reclaimed the two-kilometer road connects the two schools and a community church.

Their feat is laudable because the road has snake infested bushes and gullies.

According to the Ugandan Monitor, five students have been bitten by snakes while passing through the area.

One of the community members, Ronald Drani, said the local government failed to work on the road, leaving them with no choice but to use the students.

"When you look at this road, you really wonder whether there are some human beings who live here yet a sub-county office sits just a few metres away," he said.

"For us, we want to show concern that even if they have forgotten about us, we can do it for ourselves."

A primary 5 pupil at Aliba Primary School, Bridget Chepkwemboi, spoke about the importance of the road.

"When it rains here in the morning, we fear coming to school early because the road is too bushy and muddy," the schoolgirl said.

"We also go home early because we fear that wrong people may hide in the shrubs to harm us."

Meanwhile, the Aroi Sub-county LC3 chairman, Levy Dema, said the project was organized to blackmail the authorities.

"As a local government, we have priority areas and a development plan which we follow," Dema said.

"It does not mean that if we have not yet worked on the road, we have abandoned it but I'm going to sue those people, they are just saboteurs."

According to him, the school administration wasted the children's study time for the community work.

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