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Uganda Ranks Highest In Road Accidents Since 2000

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This comes after the fire that occurred on Saturday night at Namungoona, Kasubi along the Northern by pass in Kampala in which 35 people were burnt to death, and scores critically injured.


Arrive Alive Uganda (AAU), a nongovernmental organization aimed at making significant strides towards reducing road traffic related fatalities and injuries in Uganda, reports that more than 10,000 people will die on our roads over the next 5 years.


World Health Organization (WHO) also indicates that by 2020 health losses from traffic accidents are projected to rank only second to those of HIV/AIDS.


According to the Uganda Police Traffic department statistics for the year 2005/2006, over 2,000 people are killed every year. “41 percent of those killed in road crashes in Uganda are pedestrians and 40 percent of those killed in road crashes in Uganda are below 25 years of age.”


In terms of all fatalities and injuries, 42 percent are passengers, 33 percent are pedestrians, and 14 percent are motorcyclists or cyclists, states the Uganda Police Traffic department report of 2005/2006.


Injury Control Centre – Uganda also reports that traumatic brain injuries are the cause of more than over 50 percent of motorcycle accident fatalities.


“A recent survey of boda boda users showed that 1 out of 300 had formal training and a significant portion of the Gross Domestic Product -2.3 percent is lost due to traffic accidents.”


WHO estimates that about 3300 fatalities happen daily with 80 – 85 percent in developing countries as 1000 youth are killed in road traffic crashes daily.


“Globally Road traffic crashes are the leading cause of fatalities among youth aged 15 – 19 years and second leading cause among those between 10-14 years of age and 20-24 years of age,” it reports.


The following accidents occurred here in Uganda and were many people lost their lives and left relatives in tears.


On December 3, 2000 a total of 90 people died when a fuel truck caught fire in Bukeesa Iganga district.


On September 18, 2001 an accident left 14 passengers dead and injured 44 at Malongo in Lwengo district.


On October 2, 2002 a bus collided with a trailer at Lugazi and killed 27 people in Arua district.


On November 20, 2003 on Mbarara high away a driver of Horizon bus lost control and the bus over turned killing 20 people.


In August 2004, UPDF soldiers were involved in a road accident leaving twelve dead on spot and 18 others injured.


On January 3, 2005 a truck collided with a Kalita bus in Masaka and killed 12 people leaving 10 injured.


In August 26, 2007 twenty seven passengers died after a mini bus collided with a fuel tanker on Masaka Jinja high way road.


In February 2008 eight people died when a taxi driver collided with a trailor on Kampala-Masaka road.


In January 2009, thirty three people died and over 70 injured in three different accidents involving buses on the Nebbi Pakwaki road.


Speaking to Chimpreports, Hannington Kiwanuka, chairman Uganda Bus Driver and Allied Association (UBDAA) said these road accidents are attributed to over working drivers who are subjected to driving return journeys by their bosses that leads to accidents.

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