AUPL: Musafiri Seeks to Maintain Dominance Over Nsiimbe

Uganda National Roads Authority has embarked on a countrywide sensitization campaign to engage stakeholders on protection of road reserves and observing axle loads limits.

The team led by UNRA’s Head of Enforcement and Safety, more about Mr. John Bosco Ssejemba has so far engaged transporters, what is ed district leaders and the public in the districts of Mbarara and Arua through meetings and radio talk shows.

In the past, a significant number of accidents that have occurred on the roads are attributed to absence of road furniture (signs) which are stolen or vandalized by the public. The sensitization is
meant to enlighten the public on the importance of these road signs.

While the UNRA policy demarcates a distance of 30 meters from the road center as a road reserve which shouldn’t be encroached on, there has been cases of permanent structures being erected within road reserves mostly due to ignorance of the law.

Following the appointment of Ms. Allen Kagina as Executive Director to the roads Authority, strides have been made to re-structure and win back public confidence that had been lost to corruption, negligence and shoddy works.

“We want to make UNRA people centered since they are our biggest stakeholders and our services are for public good. UNRA will endavor to be accountable to Ugandans and that’s why we want to build strong relationship with the people,” Kagina said in her first interface with the media after her appointment last year.

Government invests a fortune into road construction to improve transport yet the rate of road deterioration remains shockingly high.

While some attribute this to theft of public resources meant to ensure work is implemented, UNRA partly blames it on the weight pressure exerted on the roads especially by heavy trucks.

During the sensitization, transporters have raised concern on the axle loads provided for by the law which they say is unfair. The transporters are hence requesting UNRA to accord them an 18 tonne flat weight onto the trucks so as to reduce the challenges they face.

UNRA has also asked transporters to identify the black spots on the roads they ply so that they are fixed to reduce on the accidents.
Vipers coach George ‘Best’ Nsiimbe return with his team to the local scene following an unsuccessful campaign in the Caf champions league where they were eliminated just at the start by two time champions Enyimba international FC from Nigeria.

The defending champions are second on the log despite two games at hand. They accumulated 28 points, capsule seven behind run away leaders KCCA FC and are facing Sadolin Paints who have not a game in the second leg losing 2-1 to Soana at home before crushing 4-0 away to Express.

The game will be played at Buikwe stadium.

Aggrey Madoi is likely to start at leftback to replace Dan Bilkwalira who is out injured. Shafik Bakaki picked a knock during Thursday training so is ruled out together with Halid Lwalira.

“Sadolin is not an easy team just like any other in the league. They held us (Vipers) 0-0 in the first leg. However, side effects we shall go  full throttle and pick maximum points,” Vipers coach George ‘Best’ Nsiimbe said adding that “We need to keep tabs with the leaders (KCCA FC) because we have to fight to defend our title.”

The painters picked their first ever point against Vipers in first leg played in mid December with the champions fielding all their stars including Farouk Miya and Keziron Kizito.

They will miss captain Peter Katumba (malaria) and Ibra Sajjabi who is injured. Goalkeeper Umar Muyanja is also unlikely to feauture after collapsing against Soana. However first choice keeper Mathias Muwanga is returning back together with Isaac Muyanga and Simon Sagare.

Sadolin coach Musafiri Abduswamadu hints that his side is charged up to the match and Vipers should expect strong challenge.  “Everyone feels its now a walkover. They are in for a shocker because after losing two consecutive games, we sat down and ironed out the issues and planted another strategy. I know after tasting the continent now they will come to defend title so they go back again, but we are ready.”

Coach Musafiri has defeated Nsiimbe twice in the league with identical 1-0 win while the coach was at KCCA FC (Oct 2014) and against Saints in December.

Head to Head
4 /Nov/14 Vipers 1-0 Sadolin

27/Feb/15 Sadolin 0-1 Vipers

15/Dec/15 Sadolin 0-0 Vipers.


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