Joe Walker and the Ugandans who walked with him from Kampala to Mbale have arrived in Jinja City.
According to Joe Walker’s colleague Raymond Musasizi, the team reached out to students at Jinja secondary school and educated them on the Uganda Highway Code, road signs, and other topics.
“We are in Jinja city, and as part of the walk’s activities, we have begun by distributing and interpreting the Uganda Highway Code to students at Jinja Secondary School,” Raymond says.
Raymond finds it shocking that most students are unaware of the Uganda Highway Code, which means they are unable to use the roads safely. He claims that this is due to increased focus on drivers and cyclists, but more students are dying in car accidents.
“In truth, the Highway Code documents are plentiful, but the emphasis is primarily on drivers and less on pedestrians,” he says.
Joe Walker suggested to students that the move to display Highway Code documents and other road signs in schools be implemented to help students learn more about safe road usage.
The trekkers also began repainting the zebra crossing at Nile Avenue while pushing a head, and the crew plans to do a variety of activities, including sweeping some dirty road areas and engaging local leaders as their ambassadors, among other things, according to our reporter.
Joe Walker and the crew began their journey from Kampala to Mbale at 6 a.m. on Monday, June 6, 2023, after the deputy speaker of parliament, Mr. Thomas Tayebwa, flagged them off.
The walk aims to raise road safety awareness among the country’s road users, and the road to Mbale has been prioritized due to the numerous accidents in forested areas that have been attributed to reckless driving.