Namungona Fire: Museveni Pledges Support To Victims’ Families

ed geneva;”>seek sans-serif; border: 1pt none windowtext; padding: 0in; font-weight: normal;”> “I will do my best to support families of those who lost their loved ones in this accident,” said Museveni on Monday while addressing the public at the scene of the Saturday accident.

Information Minister Rosemary Namayanja today told press at the Uganda Media Centre in Kampala that at least 36 people were confirmed dead and 26 others still admitted at Mulago National Referral Hospital in critical condition.

A Toyota Noah brand car knocked the rear of the truck carrying a fuel tanker, touching off raging fire flames that later burnt boda boda riders and residents of Namungona who were collecting the leaking fuel.

Museveni used the ten-minute engagement with the residents to warn them against the dangers of fuel.

“You should never ever be near a fuel tanker involved in an accident. It’s very dangerous. This is the third time people are dying because of not learning from such incidents,” said Museveni.

However, Museveni’s speech was interrupted by residents who said their colleagues would not have risked their lives if it was not for poverty.

“We are so poor. You need to do something about it. We don’t even have jobs. These people who died were trying to make some money from the leakage,” an unidentified man yelled.

However, the President said people should stop complaining of poverty and engage in agriculture.

“To avoid poverty, we need three things which are; active participation in agriculture, embracing education and promoting industrialization,” said Museveni.

He also criticized the residents for picking “anti-development” leaders such as Moses Kasibante, the representative of Rubaga North Constituency, where the accident occurred.

“Kasibante keeps opposing my development projects. He is completely anti-development. This area is lagging behind because of the choice of your leaders who are opposed to development. Next time you should vote wisely,” said Museveni.

Museveni sympathized with the families of the deceased, saying government will continue to educate masses on how such incidents can be avoided in future.


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