MARACHA. Road users along Arua-Rhino Camp road are appealing to Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) to set aside funds to cater for emergencies on roads.
Travelers are concerned after the national road body took long to replace a broken culvert that caused a deep pot hole opposite Ewadri primary school which affected the flow of traffic for more than three months.
The residents and road users are also surprised that despite huge budgetary allocations every financial year, UNRA has not lived to expectations as recent return of the rains have exposed what they called poor workmanship of contractors on the road.
“We are surprised to see the officials monitoring the road use it regularly but failed to act timely until they fixed new culverts on the site on Friday, these officials are risking lives of tax payers,” an angry truck driver lamented.
Others urged the government and UNRA to reconsider their policies to allow UNHCR and implementing partners to sometimes assume responsibility in upgrading roads since heavy trucks carrying supplies to the refugee camps in Rhino Camp and Bidibidi refugee settlements are responsible for the damages.
64 year old Ms Terezina Onziru, a resident of the area said the replacement of the culvert is a relief to them because it was difficult and dangerous for residents to maneuver while going for prayers and church activities in Ewadri Catholic zone but were unhappy that it took so long.
Ms Onziru said several people lost their lives while others remained permanently deformed as a result of the road section.
Our calls to the UNRA spokesperson Mr Mark Sali went unanswered as he could not respond to our repeated calls.
Sr Suzan Oleru, a resident of Edrayio village in Uriama sub-county lost her life on the Christmas eve of 2017 in a fatal accident when she was knocked by UNHCR truck on the same spot. She was a teacher in Nabutiti primary school in Wakiso district returning for a holiday in Arua district.