The rocks that warped on Monday afternoon have now split into particles which are now strewn across the road at a place called Nairobi in Kamu sub-county. As a result, the entire stretch of the road from Simu through Kamu to Kaseeremu has become impassable.
A descending rock has cut off a
road connecting lower Bulambuli to the upper belt of the district.
The rocks that warped on Monday
afternoon have now split into particles which are now strewn across the road at
a place called Nairobi in Kamu sub-county. As a result, the entire stretch of
the road from Simu through Kamu to Kaseeremu has become impassable.
This has made movement impossible
for residents in the sub-counties of Kamu, Bulegeni, Kibanda, Buginyanya,
Bulago and Bumwanbu, among others. Residents with non-motorized means of
transport are equally struggling to navigate through the rocks.
Several others are now enduring a
distant path through Kapchorwa district using the Kasereemu-Kamu road to get to
either side of Bulambuli. But Andrew Wuyo and David Manana, both residents
of Kamu Sub County say the only alternative route is expensive, costing them
between 10,000 and 15,000 Shillings as opposed to the usual 3,000 Shillings.
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Jacob Mude, a farmer in the upper
Bulambuli says the blocked road is a major transit route for agricultural produce
from the area to markets across the region.
85-year-old Paulina Nafuna, a resident of Kamu Town Council,
one of those affected by the road, says that she has been blocked from
accessing her gardens on the other side of the road.
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Cue out…myaka kinana mutaano.”//
Bulegeni Town Clerk Johnson Wafuba says that the road has
been the major route that connected Bulambuli county and Elgon county. He said
many institutions like health centres, schools, research centres, and markets,
among other things have been cut off.
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Wafuba says that there are more cracks on top of the
remaining rocks which pose danger to the people who use the road and the those
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Bulegeni Town Council Engineer
Simon Okiror says that the town council had already anticipated the rock would
collapse anytime and started opening an alternative road which, however, is yet
to be completed. He wants Uganda
National Roads Authority-UNRA and the Ministry of Works to expedite the works to
save the people the burden of walking through Kapchorwa.
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Robert Kugonza, the Maintenance
Engineer at Uganda National Roads Authority-UNRA, Mbale Sub Station says that they
have dispatched a team to remove the rocks from the road.
“Our team is on the ground; we have
even asked people living down to evacuate so that the works can go on,” Kugonza
told URN on phone.
Kirinya Ayubu is the URN Bureau Chief of Elgon/Bukedi Sub Regions . He holds a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communication from Islamic University in Uganda and a Diploma in Computer Science and Information Technology from the same University.