Crime & Investigation

Police Break Silence On Namulanda Accident


clinic geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesperson, Patrick Onyango says a driver and salesperson of a cooking oil company were burnt beyond recognition after a Toyota Hiace brand omnibus in which they were travelling collided with a bus at Namulanda.

The incident occurred at around 8:00pm, according to Onyango.

He refuted media reports that 14 passengers died in the accident.

It all started with the omnibus registration number UAL 791W colliding with a Kampala-bound bus.

According to Onyango, the seats in the omnibus were removed to provide space for cooking oil containers.

“After this slight collision, the omnibus which was carrying cooking oil caught fire thus burning the two occupants to death,” Onyango tells Chimpreports on Sunday morning.

However, the bus which was involved in the accident sped off to Kampala.

Onyango says the bodies of the deceased have been taken to Mulago Referral Hospital for a DNA test to ascertain the victims’ identities.

The further notes Police have intensified investigations into the matter to establish the cause of the collision.

Reckless driving, over-speeding and drunk-driving are the leading causes of road accidents in Uganda, according to official police records.

Uganda was last year ranked among Africa’s countries with the highest rate of road accidents.

A World Health Organization global status report on Road Safety 2013 indicated that Uganda had 2954 deaths in 2010 as a result of road accidents, Nigeria registered 4065 and South Africa with the highest number of deaths being at 13768 in 2009.

Below are some of most terrible accidents in Uganda since 2000

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.


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