Government Closes Moroto-Soroti Road

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Government has closed a 30 kilometre stretch of Moroto-Soroti road for two weeks to heavy traffic to allow for emergency repair. The State Minister for Works Eng. John Byabagambi announced the road closure to heavy traffic today.

Government has closed a 30 kilometre stretch of Moroto-Soroti road for two weeks to heavy traffic to allow for emergency repair. The State Minister for Works Eng. John Byabagambi announced the road closure today.

The closed stretch starts from from Moroto to Iriiri.

He says the road has been closed because the section is such a poor state it can no longer handle heavy traffic.  

Trucks travelling to Moroto and other areas from Soroti town will now use Amuria, Abim and Kotido route.  

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Byabagambi says only light vehicles will be allowed to use the road as work continues on it.

He explains the ban on heavy trucks is prompted by the fact that heavy trucks keep on digging up the road before repairs are complete or the road ready for use.

He also further reveals that equipment is being mobilized to haul vehicles already stuck along the road. The stranded vehicles make the job of the road repair more difficult.   

He appeals to the public to remain calm during this period.   

Damage to the road was recently worsened by flash floods. 

 

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Olandason Wanyama
Olandason Wanyama is the Karamoja region bureau chief. Amudat, Nakapiripirit, Moroto, Abim, Kotido and Kaabong districts fall under his docket. Wanyama has been a URN staff member since 2012.

The former teacher boasts of 20 years journalism experience. Wanyama started out as a freelance writer for the Daily Monitor newspaper in 1991 in Entebbe. Wanyama also wrote for the army publication Tarehe Sita, the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) magazine and The New Vision. While not on the beat, Wanyama taught child soldiers at Uganda Airforce School-Katabi.

Wanyama is very interested in conflict reporting, climate change, education, health and business reporting. He is also an avid photographic chronicler of vanishing tribal life in the East African region.