Road users in Gulu city complain over inappropriate road designs causing accidents.
todayNovember 2, 2021
By Aromo Agnes Road users in Gulu city have complained over inappropriate road designs and narrow roads, which is causing continues accidents. Moses Ojok, a boda-boda rider feels that there should be humps erected in front of Gulu high court, to avoid the daily accident records. John Bosco Oryem, a business man observes that there is no respect for persons with disabilities by the other road users. He says, whenever he travels to Kampala, traffic police always stop road users until they cross the road, contrary to Gulu city. Emmy Ocen, the chairperson Gulu west boda-boda association blames some of his fellow boda-boda riders, who get into the business without being trained, adding that many boda-boda riders who got involve in road crushes are those who get motorcycles on loan without getting enough training in road sighs. Meanwhile Kenneth k Odoch, thinks that there should be a deliberate move tailored towards sensitizing the people on proper usage of the roads, since people do not know the speed limit yet many people come from the village.
Joseph Komakech Ojambo, the executive director for responsive drivers Uganda discloses that, many roads in Gulu city do not have road sighs. Komakech also blames city authorities for constructing the road without getting advice from other engineers and experts in roads designs. Dr Morris Ojara, orthopedic surgeon for Gulu regional referral hospital, says they record more than fifteen cases of patients admitted with accident fractures. Alfred Okwanga, the chairperson Gulu city confirms that some roads need to be redesigned and are very narrow. According to him, authorities in Gulu city have contacted the office of Uganda national roads authority UNRA, and they promise to redesign the roads to control road crushes. Gulu city records atleast 11,219 cases of road accidents every year.
COVER PHOTO: Photo of one of the Narrow roads Courtesy Photo by Aromo Agnes