UNRA Under Fire Over Accidents along Kabale–Bunyonyi road.

1966 Views Kabale, Western Region, Uganda

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They also claim that closure of one side of the road has made it difficult for vehicles to by pass each other leading to various accidents.

Commuters along the Kabale-Bunyonyi road are up in arms against Uganda National Roads Authority-UNRA over the ongoing road works. At least five accidents have been recorded along the Kabale-Bunyonyi road within a space of one week, which residents blame on the ongoing road rehabilitation works. The latest accident occurred on Wednesday evening at Kagarama after a Fuso truck number UAH 618V veered off the road and rolled into a deep valley. Apollo Twijukye, the truck driver sustained injuries while four passengers who were on board escaped unhurt as they jumped off before the truck rolled down.

Residents accuse a contractor hired by UNRA of embarking on the road works without putting up enough signposts to alert motorists. They also say that closing one lane of the steep road road has made it difficult for vehicles to by pass each other safely. James Tumwebarize, the owner of the ill fated truck says that failure by UNRA to supervise contractors hired to for the road works has cost him his vehicle. Tumwebarize says that his truck crashed beyond repair. Several tourists travel to Lake Bunyonyi.
Bosco Arop, the Kabale district Police commander concurs with the residents that the accident was a result of the ongoing road works. He faults UNRA and Allied Tech, which was contracted to rehabilitate the road for failing to put up signposts to alert motorists. He says the contractor has dumped several murrum heaps at short intervals along the road exposing commuters to danger. Robert Byekwaso, the Kabale UNRA station engineer says that they are not responsible for the mess. He faults Allied Tech for failing to put in place road signs to show users that the road is under construction. Byekwaso admits that traffic along the road has been mismanaged, adding that they have been engaging the contractor to save the situation.
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Our reporter was unable to reach Allied tech the company contracted to work on the road for a comment on the matter.


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Kushaba is a journalism graduate from Uganda Christian University Study Centre at Bishop Barham College in Kabale. Before joining URN, Kushaba worked with Voice of Kigezi (2008), Bushenyi FM (2010) and later on to Voice of Muhabura.

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