As the rates of accidents in the country increase as a result of poor roads, the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) boss has embarked on a nationwide tour where she is said to be touring UNRA stations.
Surprisingly, most engineers have abandoned their work to dance for her as if they are on competition for the best dancer’s position
To add salt to the wound, she is travelling in a convoy of 24 heavily guarded vehicles where she is being received at every station by traditional dancers, red carpet and a bouquet of flowers. Every station has been instructed to outdo each other in receiving her.
Meanwhile, a serious war has erupted between the Uganda Police and Uganda National Road Authority (UNRA) over the recent accident that occurred at Katonga along Masaka where a total of 13 people from Tanzania died on spot.
Traffic police blames the last week’s deadly road carnage to UNRA.
Dr Stephen Kasiima the Director of traffic and road safety while addressing the media at Naguru on Monday said that the accident was caused by over loading and UNRA is responsible for that.
“We don’t charge for over loading because we don’t weigh vehicles. UNRA should be blamed for that accident” said Kasiima.
He further said that the lorry passed two weigh bridges and UNRA officials’ could not block it for over loading.
“If weigh bridges were not working it is not the responsibility of police but UNRA,” he said.
He further said that if UNRA weighed the lorry, they should provide results of tonnage.
When we contacted Mark Sali the PRO UNRA for a comment he said that he would get briefs from director in charge of road safety but was still in the meeting by press time.
However our sources from UNRA told us that the lorry was weighed and the tonnage was OK.
“The accident was caused by over speeding and poor tyres which was the responsibility of police,” said a source.
The source added that police should take the blame and responsibility on that accident.
However the traffic boss noted that to avoid clashes from two organizations, police will now demand weighing stickers from heavy vehicles.
“Any heavy vehicle without a weighing sticker will not pass on our check point and drivers will be arrested and vehicles impounded,” said Kasiima.
Kasiima added police has started an operation on all cars in poor conditions.
“All cars in bad conditions including police and other government vehicles will be impounded,” he said