Fire Accident Shocks Museveni

health geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 115%;”>He cautioned the youth against living recklessly and urged them to engage in income generating activities that can improve their lives.

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advice geneva;”>The President today visited the scene of accident that left close to 40 people dead and tens of others injured. He was met and briefed by the Kampala Metropolitan Commander Andrew Kaweesa at Namungoona.

approved geneva;”>The President who was later joined by the Minister for Health Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda visited Mulago hospital to console the victims of the accident and also visited the mortuary where bodies burnt beyond recognition were taken.

President Museveni who had just returned to the country from Dar es Salaam Tanzania where he has been attending the Global International Smart Partnership Dialogue 2013, stepped off his plane at exactly 10.30 and headed straight for Namungoona and subsequently to Mulago Hospital.

While addressing relatives of victims, the media and Mulago Hospital administration staff, the president expressed his condolences on behalf of Ugandans to relatives of grieved families and pledged government support to the families.

He cautioned the youth against reckless living which can lead to death

According to preliminary police investigations, the fire was caused by an accident involving a white station wagon vehicle (Toyota Noah) Reg. No. UAS 374C, which rammed into the rear of a white fuel tanker Reg. No. KBL 361B.

The impact and damage at the back of the fuel tanker caused a spillage of fuel on the road and the near-by papyrus swamp. The spillage attracted youthful boda bodas and some residents who started scooping fuel.

This combined with the heat on the road and massive evaporation of petrol caused a concentration of flammable vapour around the scene of the accident.

According to a statement by the Minister for Information Rosemary Namayanja, this and friction from the tyres generated excessive heat in an oxygen environment which ignited the vapour and intensified the fire.

“Youth should be careful with their lives. This is reckless, playing with petro is dangerous,” the President said. He warned youth against taking drugs, gambling, games etc which is dangerous to their lives.

The President faulted leaders, saying such accidents are a result of failure by political leaders to sensitize their electorates and the youth on government development programmes that provide incomes.

He said that there is a leadership vacuum in Lubaga division to give leadership to the youth who instead seek cheap ways of getting money. He urged people to elect leaders who can help the youth to develop in the right way by telling them what they are supposed to do.

The President asked the youth to engage in income generating activities for wealth creation and in modern agro-production where they can make money in order to come out of poverty.

He urged Ugandans to support him to bring more foreign investors in Uganda to invest in industries and factories and to create jobs, adding that youth require more skills to do better work.


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