MOROTO – Transport in Karamoja region has become difficult with several vehicles getting stuck on the roads that connect the region to the rest of the country.
Hundreds of travellers including tourists are stranded in the region following floods that have covered the bridge and damaged the roads.
The rains have also cut off the road from Soroti to Kidepo National Game Park via Kotido Abim, District.
The road that connects from Mbale to Kidepo via Nakapiripirit to Moroto is also near impassable.
The only road that seems passable is the one from Moroto to Soroti via Katakwi, which the government is currently upgrading into tarmac.
“The flooded bridges have affected business in the three districts of Soroti, Abim, Kotido and Kaabong. The roads are not accessible,” he said.
Mr. Peter Lote a businessman dealing with produce in Kaabong District said the bad state of the roads has affected smooth running of their business.
“We go as far as Mbale, Soroti and Mango to buy produce to sell in Karamoja but right now the roads are too bad we don’t know what to do,” he said.
Ms Sarah Namboze another businesswoman said the current state of the roads has forced them to increase prices of their merchandise.
“We need the government to help because the roads are really bad and we don’t know what will happen should the rains continue,” he said.
Several tourists to Kidepo National Game Park now spend nights on the road trying to wade through the bad roads.,