Gerald Baluwa, the Traffic Officer Budaka District, says the tipper driver rammed into the trailer as he was driving behind a speeding YY Bus that was raising a lot of dust.
There were running battles between police and protesters in Naboa in Budaka District along Mbale-Tiyinyi road on Wednesday evening. It all started following a head-on collusion involving an Isuzu truck registration number UAX 474H and a trailer number UAV 929 K, which claimed the lives of two people.
Gerald Baluwa, the Traffic Officer Budaka District, says the tipper driver rammed into the trailer as he was driving behind a speeding YY Bus that was raising a lot of dust. There is a lot of dust in the affected area, which was abandoned after UNRA terminated the services of Dott Services that was working on the road.
Michael Ongica, the Budaka District Police Commander, says residents decided to block the road following the accident. They lit fire on the road using tyres and wood and also dug up trenches. Police swung into action and tried to disperse the protesters using live bullets leading to running battles.
According to Ongica, they battled the protesters until after 9:30pm. Ongica says police had to divert traffic to Mbale via Tororo. He says they diverted vehicles that had joined Tirinyi road through Butaleja district to Nawuyo in Mbale and Kibuku via Pallisa to Kamonkoli enroute to Mbale town. Police also diverted other vehicles to go through Pallisa, Nakaloke then to Mbale town.
Sam Mulomi, the Budaka District LC 5 Chairman, says residents are bitter with the delayed deployment of another contractor to work on Mbale - Tirinyi road. "The demonstration is a result of delay to hire a new contractor to work on Tirinyi road,” he said.
Adding that, “I am appealing to government to find another contractor to work on the road.” He says the heavy dust on the road has affected road side vendors especially those selling cooked food and comprised the health of some residents.
Julius Were, one of the demonstrators, says they rose up in protest to express dissatisfaction with the poor state of the road. Early this week, a group of legislators from Eastern Uganda attempted to stage a demonstration in Budaka to protest the poor state of the road but were blocked by police.
The legislators told journalists that they can't seat back and watch the road claim several lives. They asked government to redeploy Dott Services to complete the road works.