New road claims five lives in months


PADER- Residents of Corner Ranch, Kalawinya Parish Angagura sub county Pader district have called for installation of road signs along the 77.7-kilometer Gulu- Acholi Bur road.

The call comes after reported deaths due to lack of the signs on the new road.  Locals told TND News that five people have died from accidents from September last year  to May this year with the latest being a 60- year- old Margaret Adoch who was knocked dead by a speeding vehicle on Sunday evening at the same spot of corner ranch.

Angagura sub county youth Chairperson Geoffrey Ojara Mungu said, youths especially Boda- boda riders have been involved in numerous accident caused by the lack of roads signs like diversion, humps among others.

Road sign like this help.

Angagura sub county councilor Dickson Ojok, appealed to the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) and contractors constructing the road to install road signs so that motorists can observe the signs to reduce speed.

“We request Uganda National Roads Authority to install for us road signs, I am sure the motorists will observe those road signs and reduce accidents,” Ojok said.

Ojok also appealed to road users to responsibly to use the road and reduce the number of accidents in the area.

UNRA public relations officer Mark Ssali faults the contractors for not putting road signs on the roads.

Ssali however promised to follow up with the regional office on the matter. “The road contradictors are responsible for installing road signs on the road. Let me follow-up with the regional office and engineer supervising the construction of that road,” Ssali said.

Aswa region police spokesperson Patrick Jimmy Okema said 124 accident cases have been reported in Pader district since the beginning 2018.

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