Alex Luganda, a representative of independent candidate Henry Tumukunde says that the roads are pathetic citing experiences in Kanungu and Rukungiri where it rained the entire day, during their visit affecting their meetings in Kisoro.
Ayivu County MP Bernard Atiku says road users must be held accountable for their actions. He urges the Ugandan government to emulate the United Kingdom which charges hefty fines from drivers who splash pedestrians with water from the road while driving.
The health ministry, however, says that the poor transport means in the affected districts is a blockade for a timely response. Health Minister Jane Ruth Aceng says that often, officials have to endure sandy and worn out roads over long distances to respond to emergencies.
The road leading to Gulama, Kiyindi and Najja from Nyenga trading centre, is in a sorry state despite its traffic volume and economic significance to fishing communities. Close to 100 heavy load truck use the road on a daily basis. In a similarly poor condition is the road to Buikwe via Najja to Kiyindi.
Following the tragedy, private boat owners would charge over 5000 Shillings to transport a person across the river, a rate which left several residents stranded on a daily basis. Business was equally paralyzed as the districts of Pader, Agago, and Lamwo remained cut off.
A case in point is the 33 kilometer stretch from Bwondha-Busuyi-Mayuge-Iganga in Kigandaalo Sub County, Mayuge district. The road is mainly used by fish and sugarcane traders to transport produce to urban centers.
Emmanuel Ebong Opeto, the Ojwina Division LCIII chairperson blames the top leadership of Lira Municipality for mismanaging over 100 million Shillings meant for upgrading this particular road in the 2014/2015 financial year.
The students and three of their teachers were traveling to Butiaba landing site in Buliisa district for a geography field work when the tragedy occurred. 64 of them are now admitted at St Mary\'s hospital Lacor in Gulu while four others who were critically injured are still being treated from a health center in Aboke awaiting referral.
Traffic on Kigumba-Masindi road was on Friday brought to a near standstill after demonstrators dug a trench in the road. The residents of Kisanja trading centre in Masindi Municipality were demonstrating over the poor state of the road.
The government has secured a total of over 400 million shillings to tarmac roads in Otuke district. This is the first time government is moving to tarmac roads in in the area since July 2009 when Otuke was curved out of Lira district.
The Minister for Works and Transport Abraham Byandala has apologized to users of the Kafu-Gulu road stating that mistakes in the procurement process have caused more delays in the construction process.