Chaos As Heavy Rains Devastate Karamoja

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However, the situation worsened on Friday leaving several motorists stranded at Naitakwae village in Moroto district.

Persistent rains and surface flooding have temporarily cut of several roads in Karamoja over the past three days as seasonal rains devastate the sub region. The most affected include Moroto-Nakapiripirit-Mbale road, a section of 93.3 kilometers under construction by a Chinese firm. The worst sections are located at Naitakwae, Nadunget, Okudud in Karamoja. Others are at Ngenge Bridge and Tabakony in Kween and Bulambuli district respectively. On Moroto-Soroti road the bad spots have been identified at state lodge in Napak district and Olilim in Katakwi.

 

However, the situation worsened on Friday leaving several motorists stranded at Naitakwae village in Moroto district. Most passengers had to trek long distances to the next destinations to find means out of Karamoja. Moses Wepukhulu, a truck driver says the roads are deteriorating each day. He explains that the roads have been unmotorable for the last three days due to surface flooding. He warns that should the situation continue most travelers will resort to footing or use of boda-bodas.

Nsubuga Steven Bewaayo, the Kaboong Resident District Commissioner says most travelers have resorted to passing via Kenya to access Mbale. He says the road stretch from Namalu to Sironko has been affected greatly by surface flooding. Nsubuga says that with water saturated underground and the relentless rains, transport is likely to be paralyzed. He appeals to the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) to spot repair some these areas to make them motorable.

Hassan Ssentamu, UNRA Station Engineer Moroto acknowledges the chaos on the roads saying the weather is responsible for the mess. He says it’s not easy to deploy equipment because of the extreme weather conditions in the sub region. Ssentamu says the high traffic flow and continuous chipping of the roads are partly to blame for the bad state of the road. He promises that since the Chinese are on the ground, the road problems will be addressed.

 

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Olandason Wanyama
Olandason Wanyama is the Karamoja region bureau chief. Amudat, Nakapiripirit, Moroto, Abim, Kotido and Kaabong districts fall under his docket. Wanyama has been a URN staff member since 2012.

The former teacher boasts of 20 years journalism experience. Wanyama started out as a freelance writer for the Daily Monitor newspaper in 1991 in Entebbe. Wanyama also wrote for the army publication Tarehe Sita, the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) magazine and The New Vision. While not on the beat, Wanyama taught child soldiers at Uganda Airforce School-Katabi.

Wanyama is very interested in conflict reporting, climate change, education, health and business reporting. He is also an avid photographic chronicler of vanishing tribal life in the East African region.