Elly Maate, the police spokesperson for Kigezi region says ASP Asiimwe died this afternoon at Kabale Regional Referral Hospital where he had been admitted after the accident. Maate says that preliminary investigations point to speeding driving as the likely the cause of the accident. Maate adds that after the incident, the lorry driver fled and is still on the run.
Two fatal accidents occurred today and the one at Sebitoli along the Fort Portal-Kampala Highway claimed lives of 20 people. The Traffic Police Spokesperson Faridah Nampiima said that out of the 20, thirteen were adults and seven minors.
The causalities included the driver identified as Joseph Erienyu, his conductor and two passengers were injured when the bus hit a pothole near the railway line in Kumi, making the driver lose control, according to John Edepu Epongu, the Officer in Charge of Traffic in Kumi District.
Except for Kenneth Odeke Ongwech who hails from Kaberamaido, all the other casualties are residents of Kampala. They include David Yiga, David Kabuyo, Wasoyi Azisafu, Emma Mukiza, Alex Ogola, Davis Mugerwa and Fahati Mutebi.
Jimmy Patrick Okema, the Aswa River Region Police Spokesperson, explains that while police takes the lead on road safety sensitization, other stakeholders like the media and other public institutions should step in.
According to Okema, Oryema, who hailed from Kinene village in Pakwelo parish in Unyama sub-county allegedly met his death when he tried to jump off a Kitgum bound lorry carrying football fans and crushed his head on the tarmac.
Samuel Katamba, the leader of the taxi and lorry drivers in Entebbe blames excessive accidents on the road on limited awareness of the drivers on how an expressway works. Katamba says, many of the drivers on the road have fake driving permits and thus do not know how to use road signs.
The accident occurred at Kabale -Bugonzi in Bukulula Sub County in Kalungu district on Monday when a double cabin vehicle registration number BO4BF 116, in which the soldiers were travelling in lost control veered off the road overturning several times.
The deceased are William Mwanje, a boda boda cyclist, 52-year-old Beatrice Musima and her 5-year-old grandchild, Jasmine Njoge. The fourth victim, five-year-old Stephen Tendo, was rushed to Mulago National Referral Hospital in critical condition.
Julius Hakiza, the Albertine region police spokesperson told Uganda Radio Network on Monday that the deaths resulted from three serious accidents and three minor accident cases in Kiryandongo section of the road.
The incident occurred on Sunday evening at Arac-Cell, Awila parish in Akokoro Sub county when a speeding Double Cabin pick-up registration number UAT 118H heading towards Masindi-Port along Apac-Masindi Port road.
Almost 14 years after his death, Court in Fort Portal today ruled that Owobusobozi Bisakas driver was negligent and he caused the death of George Kasenene Tibamwenda, a district official in Kyenjojo who was killed in a hit-and-run accident in 2004. Bisaka was however cleared of culpability.