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Bus Drivers Fault Narrow Roads For Rampant Accidents

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cost pharmacy http://citybreakguide.ro/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/modules/widgets.php geneva; font-size: small;”>“Ugandan roads are slippery and narrow which tends to be difficult for two drivers, http://csanz.edu.au/wp-content/plugins/widgetkit/widgets/accordion/layouts/dashboard.php a pedestrian and motor cyclist to cross the road at the same time,” says Mr Willy Katende, Secretary General Uganda Bus Drivers and Allied Association.


In an exclusive interview with Chimpreports at his offices located at Kirumira Towers in Kampala, Mr Katende said most drivers find difficulty driving on Uganda’s roads that are slippery and narrow.


He said Uganda should emulate South Sudan “which constructed roads that are wide enough for three vehicles and with all their trenches are covered.”


“In South Sudan the roads are wide, motor cyclists have enough parking space and are marked for pedestrians which is not the case with our roads that still have uncovered trenches,” noted Katende.


Sometimes constructors dig deep trenches in the middle of the road and on the sides to insert culverts. However after the culverts have been inserted, they do not cover them thus leading to accidents.


It should be noted that most roads around the city are narrow in that if two vehicles and pedestrians are to cross at the same time, there will be no space left which can lead to collision of vehicles and in most cases pedestrians die.

Katende attributed the increase of roads accidents to traffic and narrow edged roads.


In most cases you find boda-boda accidents stem from narrow roads getting congested with traffic. It is common in Uganda to see buses, taxis, trailers, motorcycles, bicycles and pedestrians competing for roads’ thin spaces.


“Remember that pedestrians are the most vulnerable road users in Kampala, followed by commercial motorbike riders,” said Katende.


He further called upon the Minister for Works and Transport, Abraham Byandala, to always consult with drivers about road standards before construction since they are the first consumers of these roads.


A World Health Organization global status report on Road Safety 2013 indicates that Uganda had 2954 deaths in 2010 as a result of road accidents, Nigeria registered 4065 and South Africa with the highest number of deaths being at 13768 in 2009.


This comes after the fire that occurred on Saturday night at Namungoona, Kasubi along the Northern by pass in Kampala in which 29 were burnt to death, and scores critically injured.

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