A place where the law stands but the rules have to change……
Negative encounters can be tough to overcome for any person traveling with a happy mood swing. Its how one goes through them that determine the level of hardship she can take from anyone…depending on how high a pedestal she/he holds it. Just because she/he can get away with something doesn’t mean you should attempt to think you can! Do not get it twisted.
Just like any other traveler enjoying a ride to the pride lands of the Emorimor-‘papa Iteso’, a simple question keeps pumping your mind ”Are we there yet?” and this yields the unease of how far Soroti is from Kampala, lets clarify your doubt it’s just a five hour drive that has been enriched with more two hours reason being the vehicles are in a good condition to make it in time but the driver’s sympathy of the travelers spine makes him maneuver through the roads at a much slower pace than expected.
As it is said, respect is earned and not coaxed, Ugandan drivers have been equipped directly from above with an eagle’s site ability and stability for purposes of accessibility behind the steering wheel on roads that have standing laws but the rules have to change when one has to search for a road within a road. The pot holes have now changed to drum holes,just like its said any body who can drive in Uganda can drive any where else in the world.
How can one access such a road without bending the rules of the road and criticizing other road users at the same time and yet the public principles of the road should be followed. Mbale-Soroti passage route is no high way for the likes of the luxurious cars we dream to drive around, the likes of the Toyota Ipsum, Toyota Caldina, Nadia, Corona, and Ferrari just to mention.
Only the heavy duty cars work well on such routes, am talking about footing/ streaking/walking that brings back memories of the slogan “Soroti na mugu” meaning ‘moving to Soroti town on foot’ no matter the distance, the times when 17 km meant just a few turns ahead and you will have reached your destination. I believe this was done by people directing you not as a token of you being a stranger but the hospitality of the Iteso people as a gift full of courage and the will to go on even if the journey seems long and tiring.
While the key responsibility lies with the government and the local authorities, open and transparent communication with the general public regarding the proceedings of the road repairs is crucial alt all stages of monitoring and evaluation. Companies contracted to renovate the roads should take keen notice of the safety of the users. The high accident rates is an evidence of carelessness both by the drivers and the constructors that has claimed the lives of many Ugandans, the quality of the road should be more durable and passable by the heavy trucks to.