Kabarole: Fire Guts Centenary Bank Branch

Steadily recuperating National Resistance Movement (NRM) Treasurer Rose Namayanja this afternoon offered to speak to the press after a fatal accident that near took her life on Tuesday.

The Minister said it was a miracle that she, ask her mother and two aides emerged alive out of the wreckage of her SUV which was rammed by a Tipper Canter at Kigogwa along Bombo road.

She thanked the tireless work of the medics at Nakasero Hospital and government which offered to pay for her treatment, as well as the supportive friends and family.

“I am now out of danger, and so is my mom, the driver and the guard. Some of these have now been discharged,” she said.

According to the scans, Namayanja had her femur fractured more than twice. During the Tuesday evening surgery, an interlocking nail was inserted to support it.

She says she was on the phone, when the approaching Elf canter loaded with stones rammed into their Toyota V8 as the driver tried to avoid a bodaboda cyclist.

“This is why we call upon bodaboda riders to be observant of traffic rules. They need to learn to be patient and respect other road users,” she said.

She also refuted reports that she was travelling with lots of cash when the accident occurred.  “NRM is an organized party; we don’t move with money in the car but transact our business through banks. I was going to a function (at Kasagombe health Centre III for ground breaking to construct a Maternity ward) which didn’t require any money whatsoever.”

Speaker of Parliament Hon. Rebecca Kadaga who paid her a visit said she was relieved that Namayanja survived.

“I was in Geneva for a meeting when I was shown the picture of her car; I wouldn’t think that someone could come out the car alive,” she said.

“We were just here talking about the Bodabodas in the country and how they conduct themselves, we are looking for a way of regulating them and their activities.”

Doctor Isaac Kajja, an Orthopedic surgeon at Nakasero Hospital expressed hope that the Minister would recover fast as she is responding positively to the treatment.
Clients of Centenary bank Fort Portal branch were on Thursday morning unable to get services after the branch caught fire in the night, visit this leaving property worth millions of shillings destroyed.

According to Bakari Muga Bashir, drugs the Rwenzori Police Spokesperson, view the bank caught fire at around 4:00am on Thursday morning.

He said the fire started from the air conditioners and it’s believed to have been caused by a short circuit.

Bakari said the staff who were inside tried to use fire extinguishers to put it out in vain because it was beyond their control.

They then called in the police Fire Brigade which responded immediately and put out the fire before it could spread to other sections.

The police said some computers and laptops were burnt but could not reveal the exact number.

Bashir described the incident as minor but disruptive.



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