Traffic has resumed along the Elegu-Nimule- Juba road, a week after it was closed due to a broken bridge at Elegu border point. The bridge crumbled on November 30th under the weight of trailers enroute to South Sudan. John Bosco Ochan, the LC 3 chairperson Atiak sub county says several headed to and out of South Sudan were grounded for about 14 kilometers from the Ugandan side of the border.
He says the condition of the road worsened as some drivers tried to navigate their way along the bad road leading to double parking. Ochan says that CHICCO, a Chinese construction firm was called in to fix the bridge. He explains that the company replaced the broken culverts, which has allowed traffic to resume operations.
CHICCO won the contract to build the Elegu-Nimule- Juba road following a bilateral signed between Uganda and South Sudan. According to Ochan, the replacement of the broken culverts is a big relief to hundreds of trucks that have been stuck on the road since Sunday. He says traders of fresh produce are counting loses as their merchandise had started perishing.
Ochan says unidentified man was killed on Monday morning as he attempted to siphon fuel from a tanker at Elegu trading center. Musa Ecweru, the state Minister for Disaster Preparedness and refugees says Uganda is experiencing classical case of Climate Change, which has emerged with new challenged as water logging.
He says parliament has already passed a vote of funds requested by Uganda National Roads Authority to start constructing all weather roads across the country.
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Komakech Geoffrey, a trader in Elegu says they took advantage of the situation to cash on the crisis. He says a plate of beans was selling at 7,000 Shillings while a bottle of mineral water was selling between 1,700 and 2,000 Uganda shillings.