Poor roads push food prices up in Karamoja
Posted Wednesday, October 30 2013 at 02:00
Moroto/Nakapiripirit- Food prices in Karamoja have increased again following heavy rains that have rendered several roads in the sub-region impassable.
The most affected roads include Moroto-Mbale road, which has several bad spots around Ngenge, Tabakony, Okudud and Moroto-Soroti road.
A kilogramme of sugar which was sold Shs4,000 two weeks ago increased to Shs4,500 in Moroto Municipality while a kilogramme of maize flour is now sold at Shs3,900 up from Shs3,700 in Kotido.
A kilogramme of rice in Moroto has increased from Shs3,400 to Shs4,000.
Karamoja gets more than 97 per of its food from the neighbouring Mbale district Teso and Acholi sub-regions.
Traders have been stuck with their merchandise at Olililm Trading Centre in Katakwi District for two days.
Mr James Lote, a businessman in Moroto, said the bad roads in the region were preventing the region from developing.
Mr Robert Ekongot, the Katakwi LC5 chairperson, blamed the bad state of the road on Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) engineers, saying they do not work during dry season.
“I have failed to understand the logic of the engineers because when it is a dry season, they don’t repair the road until the rains start,” he said.
Mr Okongot said several crops near the road in Olilim have been damaged by travellers as they try to dodge bad spots.
Mr Steven Isukuru, the UNRA regional mechanical engineer, confirmed the bad state of the road, blaming it on heavy rains.
He said his team was working on general repairs to ensure that the roads are passable.
He dismissed the claims that the roads authority was only waiting to repair the roads during rainy seasons.