Lorry Kills Four in Downtown Kampala

Kampala Police Spokesperson Patrick Onyango

The SPLA 5th Division commander, pharmacy Brig. Gen. Gatwich Pouch Mar who, this site yesterday defected to rebel movement SPLA-IO under Dr. Riek Machar, click has said God is not going to forgive his former Commander-in-Chief, President Salva Kiir whom he accused of failing the nation.

This website on Friday exclusively broke the news of Brig. Gatwich’s defection six hours before he declared the well-kept move in the neighboring Kenyan capital of Nairobi.

In his exhaustive seven-page press statement in Nairobi, Gatwich who is also the brother of Upper Nile State governor, Kun Pouch Mar, castigated Juba regime establishment and the national army SPLA for allowing and practicing segregation instead of leadership merits.

“The Almighty God that I know and respect is not going to forgive President Kiir at all. The atrocities he and his men have committed in the country are so big,” Gen. Gatwich said.

He also accused the SPLA top leadership of denying him promotion for a long time while his juniors have surpassed him and he is now saluting them instead.

Gen Gatwich [R]

Gen Gatwich [R]

“I served the SPLA and my country with one heart but my efforts were being received by my commanders with a different heart. I don’t know why they were doing so but that was very unfair to me.” Gatwich added.

The defected general who only weeks ago was actively participating with then fellow SPLA colleagues in defeating the SPLA-IO, again praised the rebel movement saying it is struggling for the good of South Sudan.

“The SPLA-IO is the right front in this fight for the good of our country and I am proud to join the struggle.” Gatwich added.

Gatwich’s defection is not a new phenomenon given the fact that all rebel commanders defected from the national army after the 15th December incident that split the SPLA into two.

At the end of February, SPLA-IO former spokesman, Brig. Lul Ruai Koang also broke away from the rebel side forming his own group known as South Sudan Resistance Army which is allied to the government and the move was seen by observers as an indirect defection.
Four people have been confirmed dead in an accident along Nakivubo road next to the New Taxi park after  a lorry registration number UAN 075L crashed into an Omnibus number UAW 822N at around 12:30pm.

Eyewitnesses noted that the Lorry driver lost control and breaks failed to apply.

“The lorry was from Pride Theatre heading to the city center when the driver lost control, stuff ” said an eye witness.

Kampala metropolitan spokesperson, purchase Patrick Onyango revealed that the deceased included two female vendors who were operating business on the streets and a one female juvenile.

“The three died on spot while the other female vendor that was rushed to Mulago hospital also died upon arrival, treatment ” Onyango said.

Onyango added that four other people were badly injured and are currently admitted at Mulago hospital but still in a very critical condition as police hunts for the lorry driver who took off after causing the accident.

Onyango has cautioned drivers to always check the mechanical conditions of their vehicles before driving to avoid such unfortunate incidences.


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