Editorial

JUBA ROADS AT THE MERCY OF FATE

Trade is basically the movement and exchange of goods and services but people are involved in this movement. When an economy engages in any form of production whether agricultural or manufacturing then that country needs a ready market for its end products. When experts offer services, they are compensated for their expertise and therefore trade takes place. However mobility must be made easy for any local or international trade to happen. Roads are key to our trade and so we need connectivity to neighboring countries such as Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia and even Sudan. Unfortunately to begin with, efforts to establish the first major import and export link with our East African partners seem to be facing a lot of headwinds due to the near collapse status of the Juba-Nimule Road. The close to 200 kilometres road is significant and strategic because it connects the country with its major economic development partners in East Africa. It is through Nimule border entry point that today the government boasts of significant collections from non-oil revenues. Traders have the right to demand good transport infrastructural network to avoid losses in operation costs. Unfortunately the less than 10-years old route is slowly caving in to fate. Nearly quarter of the road has been washed away or dilapidated converting it into a pale shadow of itself. Despite all the initial fantasy and pride about the Nimule-Juba road, it seems to have been left to fate as the rainy season sets in. Today the once fresh and beautiful road is a pale shadow of itself. As if that is not enough, the poor state of roads in Juba City leaves a lot to be desired. Their dire of the roads including poor drainage systems leave a lot of questions to be asked than answers if any, which are related to quality of works. Nearly half of the roads in the city are gradually reclaiming their previous states if you like reclaiming their original status. They have been left at the mercy of poor citizens and motorists who have to wade through dirty, garbage infested roads. It seems to me that someone did not do quality works on the roads, more so some key roads like the Airport Road. The Juba City Council owes us an explanation about the poor state of roads in the city yet we pay taxes.

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