The accident occurred around Bibiya Trading Centre, along the Uganda-Nimule road about 11-kilometres from Elegu. The speeding bus that was being driven by one Douglas Ssentongo rammed into the Tipper lorry bearing a faded South Sudan number plate SSD-9S that was parked by the road.
In his address after taking oath for the sixth term, Museveni argued that the situation in several African countries that include Libya, Mali, Niger, some parts of Nigeria, Chad, Central African Republic, some parts of Cameroon, Eastern Congo, Somalia Northern Mozambique “does not give credit to the African people.”
The neighbourhood, which hosts two main opposition leaders; Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu of the National Unity Platform and Dr Kiiza Besigye, of the Forum for Democratic Change-FDC political party, was earmarked as a security hotspot, during preparations for the swearing-in ceremony of President Yoweri Museveni, currently taking place at the Kololo Independence Grounds.
The five were identified as Lokoru Lokiru, who was serving a four-year jail-term for failure to protect war materials, James Lochokon who was on remand for murder, Godfrey Musambwa, serving a four-year term for defilement, Moses Loyesereng also serving four years for theft and Richard Kamokoin, serving 11-years for murder.
The suspected criminal gangs are reportedly operating in the Sub –Counties of Awach, Paibona, Bungatira and Omel in Gulu District. They are known for housebreaking, attacking locals, theft, and robbery, among others.