Striking taxi operators block Mbale-Tirinyi road

BY APN REPORTER

MBALE

 

Traffic was today paralyzed for several hours after taxi operators and boda boda riders in Mbale Town blocked Mbale- Tirinyi road in protest against the poor state of the road.

The protesters erected barricades and burnt tyres in the middle of the road and used stones to block traffic for about four hours. They accused UNRA officials of being unserious and inconsiderate to the people who have lost relatives in motor accidents due to the sorry state of the road.

Titus Magomu, a taxi driver, said that the road has become a problem to motorists and the pedestrians especially due to existing open water channels.  Police led by the Mbale District Police Commander, Steven Ahweera persuaded the protesters to stop the demonstration, assuring them that government is working to see the construction resumes.

The construction work on the road stopped in May after Uganda National Road Authority-UNRA terminated its contract with Dott services, accusing the contractor of failure to comply with the contractual obligations and was not willing to be supervised by UNRA team.

 

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