UNRA Rescues Janet's Convoy in Karamoja

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Uganda National Roads Authority-UNRA has finally rescued part of the convoy belonging to the First Lady and Minister for Karamoja Affairs Janet Museveni.

Uganda National Roads Authority-UNRA has finally rescued part of the convoy belonging to the First Lady and Minister for Karamoja Affairs Janet Museveni.

Several vehicles including part of the convoy were towed out of the water on Wednesday evening while the remaining Presidential Guard Brigade truck carrying safe water was pulled out of the area on Thursday.  

The convoy got stuck on Monday evening at Komoo valley in Napak district along Moroto-Soroti road, 80 kilometres from Moroto, following 3 hours of heavy down pour.

George Mwidu, UNRA Acting Station Engineer-Moroto, says more equipment will be deployed to tow vehicles as rains continue in Karamoja. He appeals to the travelers not to risk driving through water if they are not sure.

Mwidu says the water levels have dropped leaving behind a 2 kilometer stretch of relatively sticky mud, with more raised levels at Nakichumet village, near Arecek multipurpose dam.

Meanwhile, over 150 travelers to Moroto are still trapped in Iriiri waiting for the water levels to recede and a possibility of the road drying. At least 2 gateway buses heading to Kampala and one that was heading to Moroto last evening are still stuck with the passengers.

A few people have resorted to using cyclists and others trekking on foot to the next centres hoping to access other means to their destinations.
Silver Okot, a traveler to Moroto tells Uganda Radio Network that his colleagues have eaten virtually all the dry foodstuffs in the shops in the busy trading centre of Iriiri located at the border of Karamoja and Teso.

Okot says sanitation conditions in the area are deplorable; travelers have no place for convenience causing fear of an outbreak of diseases.  He appeals to the government to find means of bringing in experts to repair the road since the rains are not about to end.

However, the minister is hosting the Ireland Deputy Minister of trade and foreign affairs Earmon Gilmore at Morulinga State Lodge in Napak district.

Earlier in the day, Gilmore on his arrival toured Karamoja homesteads in Acerer village, Nadunget Sub County. He was joined by Mrs. Museveni early afternoon to commission a new classroom block built with assistance from the Irish government at Moroto Core Primary Teachers Training College.

Later, the duo officiated at the launch of the Social Assistance Grant Empowerment-SAGE, a government programme aimed at empowering the elderly persons aged 65 years and above economically.  The function was held in Moroto town.


About the author

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.