Traders stranded as heavy rains cut off Sironko road

SIRONKO. Residents of Sonoli and Buweri trading centres in Sironko District are stuck with their produce after the Namagumba-Buyobo-Budadiri road became impassable due to heavy rains.
Most traders who Daily Monitor found at the broken bridge yesterday said they had spent there several days and their produce such as tomatoes, onions, matooke, Irish potatoes and cabbage has perished.
Some businessmen have resorted to carrying their goods for long distances from where trucks are stuck then transport them to markets in Mbale and South Sudan.
Mr David Wasukira, a business man from Budadiri Town Council, blamed the company contracted to grade the road.
“The road has become worse after the contractor opened it and then abandoned it. He poured murram everywhere and when it rains, it becomes so difficult for the trucks to maneuver their way out of the mud,” Mr Wasukira said.
Ms Jessica Namono, who has been stranded for the last four days on her way to Juba, fears she may not make the trip as her produce is already rotting.
Mr Robert Waninga, the Buyobo Sub-county chairperson, said his several letters to the concerned offices about the road have yielded no fruit.
The eastern region UNRA manager, Mr Isaac Wani, acknowledged the poor state of the road but attributed it to heavy rains that have made it impossible for the contractor to fix it in time.

SOURCE: Daily Monitor

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