Travellers stranded as rain renders road impassable

NEBBI. Travellers on the on Nebbi- Paidha road were on Monday compelled to spend a night on the road after a downpour rendered a section of the road at Juapangira village impassable.
Several buses and other vehicles got stuck at the Goli section of the road.
Mr Isaac Muguzi, a lorry driver, said: “We are paying taxes, why can’t the government make better roads to boost both national and international business.”
According to the Uganda National Road Authority (UNRA) West Nile Station engineer, Mr Wilson Kafifi, the contract to repair the Nebbi-Goli section of the road was given to a firm three months ago but up to know no work has been done.
Mr Kafifi said UNRA had been forced to spend outside their budget in an effort to maintain the road.
He added that the Nebbi-Goli section of the road is not included on the budget for the money they received for maintaining roads.
“We only receive Shs30 to Shs40 million for routine road maintenance yearly which is not enough to work on every road,” Mr Kafifi said.
He said they used to receive 20,000 litres of fuel per month but now they only receive 10,000 to 12,000 litres of fuel per month, which he said is not enough for their operation.
However, the Zombo District chairperson, Mr Emmy Kakura Kizito, accused the Ministry of Works of relying on old road equipment which has made UNRA work difficult.
“We want government to procure new road equipment for Uganda National Road Authority next financial year for good road maintenance,” Mr Kakura said.

SOURCE: Daily Monitor

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