By Okoodi Deo
Kiruhuru district residents living near Mbarara –Masaka road have accused Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) for ignoring their pleas to put roads humps and signs around areas considered to be black spots along the road.
The residents said that road humps and signs would alert road users and prevent them from getting involved in road carnage that has made Ugandan roads the worst in East Africa.
Bature Geoffrey the chairman Local council one Nyankuba cell said that as leaders, they have made several requests to have humps put at several black spots between Kanyaryeru and Akageti road stretch covering about thirty kilometers but UNRA has remained adamant.
He said this year alone about twenty people have been knocked dead by speeding vehicles along this stretch due to lack of road humps and signs that would regulate drivers using the road.
Bature was appealing to a team from northern corridor Transit and Transport Coordination Authority who are in the country mapping out black spots with a view of coming up with recommendations for better management so as to make roads within northern corridor safe.
But Asiimwe Jacob the UNRA station manager Mbarara said that they were directed to reduce road humps along the high ways especially in areas where people have settled and are near sharp corners.
Professor Lievin Chirhalwirwa the director for infrastructure development and management for the northern corridor, who is heading the team, said that they have observed so many black spots along Kabale- Mbarara -Masaka and Mbarara Kasese –Bwera roads.
He commended Ugandan police for having kept better records about these black spots which he said made their mapping exercise a little bit easy unlike in Kenya and Rwanda where they had to fall back to police headquarters to obtain such vital information that was much needed for their work.
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