POLICE has reopened traffic on the Gulu-Juba highway after clearing the road of the two buses that had blocked it for over 12 hours after skidding off the road. The road was recently graded by the Uganda National Road Authority.
A bus from Kampala to Juba in South Sudan was the first to be pulled out of the muddy trap after a tireless manual and mechanical effort offered at some cost by the local population that gathered at the scene.
The second bus, from Nairobi in Kenya got stuck with both behind and the right front tyres dug deeply into the mud. It was also pulled out.
Hundreds of travellers and passengers from across the region were left stranded and helpless without food and hope for their journeys.
â€œWe have been stuck here for 12 hours. It was the bad state of the road that caused me to lose control and the bus skid off the road. But I thank The Almighty God that he gave me courage. Otherwise, the crew including me on board could have perished. I am therefore urging the government of Uganda to tarmac this road,â€ Luke Nyongesa, one of the bus drivers said
Nyongesa, said tarmacking the road linking Kenya-Uganda and South Sudan would improve on international trade and relations.
Gulu-Juba highway reopens to traffic