Mbale-Nakapiripirit Road Reopened to Traffic After Closure Over Floods

The Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) has said the 117km Nakapiripirit-Muyembe-Mbale road is open to traffic close to two months after it was destroyed by floods.

Flash floods washed away several bridges in Nakapiripirit district rendering the road impassable.

However, UNRA, which is currently repairing the broken culverts on the road, said the traffic to Karamoja via Mbale Sironko can resume.

“The motorists can now use the road even if we are still doing repairs but its usable now,” Mr. George Sonko, the UNRA engineer who’s supervising the works, said on Wednesday.

He was briefing the State minister for works, Mr. Peter Lokeris Aimat, who was touring the repair works.

Mr Lokeris warned contractors and engineers against shoddy work, saying culprits would be arrested and prosecuted.

Mr. Lokeris who’s also the Member of Parliament for Chekwi County in Nakapiripirit district noted that many engineering companies have been blacklisted because of shoddy

“Do a better job that will not put you and your engineering company in trouble, make sure that all the culverts that you’re fixing in the roads are of good quality and they can last for some good period of time,” he said.


He advised them to be more careful with the soil texture of Karamoja saying most contractors have failed to do a good job in Karamoja roads due to their failure to understand the soil texture in the region.

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