Rogers Taitika, the Elgon Police Spokesperson says that the rate at which accidents are occurring on the roads of Mbale is high and alarming saying that all the accidents that the police have registered are caused by human error, especially bad driving with drivers driving under the influence of alcohol, driving while talking on phone and failure to respect sign posts and pedestrian crossings.
At least 43 people are recorded to have died through road
accidents in Mbale city in less than one year.
Records show that from the month of January to date 43
people have died as a result of accidents. In January for instance, 7, people
were killed in road crashes, in February 5 people died while 6 died in March and 2
died in the Month of April.
In May 6 died, in June 7, July saw 7 die, August saw off 2, in September 4 died and 4
people were killed on Mbale's roads in October.
Rogers Taitika, the Elgon Police Spokesperson says that the
rate at which road crashes are occurring in Mbale is high and
alarming, adding that all the crashes that the police have registered are
caused by human error especially bad driving with people driving under the
influence of alcohol, driving while talking on phone and failure to respect road signs and zebra crossings.
He cites Nauyo trading center, Namagumba, Mile 6 as some of the black spots where these accidents have often occurred.
Taitika said that the Police is intensifying on enforcement of the specific areas which are prone to crashes.
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James Aggrey Chelengant, the Enforcement Officer of Uganda
National Roads Authority-UNRA Mbale Branch associated the increased road
crashes in Mbale on the encroachment by people on the road reserves.
He said that most accidents that occur affect the people who
have either settled in road reserves or those operating businesses in the
He cited Bugwere, Kikindu, the produce market in Industrial Area
within the city as one of the areas where road reserves have been encroached
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Ahamada Washaki, the Mbale Resident City Commissioner,
acknowledges that there is a lot of confusion on roads where market users have
taken up road reserves which has affected traffic flow and has in the end caused
crashes on the same roads.
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Ibrahim Kasinga, a resident of Mbale City said that Mbale City roads are narrow and yet the City lies on the greater North Road which carries heavy trucks that head to South Sudan.
He notes that the same roads have no sign posts and humps which would help both drivers and other road users which has led to avoidable accidents.
Kirinya Ayubu is the URN Bureau Chief of Elgon/Bukedi Sub Regions . He holds a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communication from Islamic University in Uganda and a Diploma in Computer Science and Information Technology from the same University.