By Okaba Patrick
Nebbi. Locals in Nebbi town were today morning engaged in running battle with police as they tried to siphon free fuel after a fuel tanker overturned on Jukia-Goli road.
The fuel tanker was heading to Mahagi town in DRCongo. According to Nebbi OC traffic, Richard Olili, the vehicle over turned due to bad spot of Jukia Hill that broke the connecting rode of the tanker.
“Accidents on Nebbi–Jukia-Goli road is becoming usual thing, which needs to be addressed by Uganda National Road Authority (UNRA). The road has a lot of potholes and we have been asking government to work on it so that lives of passengers could be saved,” Olili said.
Olili adds the mechanical defects of the vehicle also connected to the nature of Nebbi Jukia road. He said the accident occurred at a sharp corner which made it difficult for the driver to negotiate it before reversing.
A man siphoning fuel from the tanker that overturned on Jukia hill. Photos by Okaba Patrick
Since August, five people have so far been killed on Jukia hill. After the truck overturned, the nearby residents responded at the scene with Jericans and containers to scoop the flowing fuel but were dispersed by police officers.
One the residents of Jukia, Bernard Okecha, said: “I feared to go near the trailer because one time I watched news of people burnt with petrol in Kampala on Television some years back when people went to collect flowing fuel. It is unfortunate that our people do not learn from such incidences,” Okecha said.
However, the king of Alur Phillip Olarker Rauni III in his 7th coronation adversary last month urged government to ensure the road is tarmacked to boost business with DRCongo and minimize road accidents.
Recently during campaign on Land Amendment in Arua, President Museveni said they were securing funds for tarmacking of the road. He had in 2010 promised to construct the road but this has not been fulfilled to date.