Owacuwun contends that on January 26th 2019 around 3 am at Kyakala, Mijera Town Council along Kampala Gulu Highway in Nakasongora District, Ayiassi who was driving a Scania bus registration number UAP 765H was negligent and careless while transporting passengers to Paidha from Kampala.
The Gaaga Bus wreckage after the accident
of the Estate of the late Charles Bidong, a former employee of Protectorate SPC
Security Company who was killed in an accident involving Gaaga bus has
petitioned High Court in Kampala for compensation of more than Shillings 100
million in damages.
and Company Advocates Patrick Owacuwun has jointly sued Gaaga Enterprises
Limited, the parent company of Gaaga bus and Augustine Ayiassi, the driver of
the bus, in which his brother was killed. Owacuwun contends that on January
26th 2019 around 3 am at Kyakala, Mijera Town Council along Kampala Gulu Highway in Nakasongora District, Ayiassi who was driving a Scania bus registration number UAP 765H was
negligent and careless while transporting passengers to Paidha from Kampala.
that the bus crashed into a stationary Scania Semi-Trailer registration number
UAW 766T/UAS 166K, thereby causing the death of his brother, Bidong who
was one of the passengers on the bus. "The said accident was entirely due
to the negligence and carelessness of the second respondent/bus driver who was
driving the said motor vehicle as authorised driver/agent/employee in the
course and within the scope of his employment with the first defendant",
reads the suit in part.
accuses Ayiassi of failing to stop, brake or find any other means to avoid
colliding with the stationary truck. “By reason of the death of the late Bidong
Charles, his four children and their mother suffered tremendously for lack of
parental provision, since he was the sole breadwinner in the home, so they
entirely depended on him wherefore the plaintiff shall pray for the loss of life
expectancy and seek for damages for loss of life expectancy", it adds.
the evidence before the court, the deceased was earning a monthly salary of
Shillings 350,000 at Protectorate SPC, which he would use to provide for his
children. The deceased children are aged
between 6 and 17 years and are currently leaving with their mother Jesca
Iwutung, a Kampala based fruit hawker.
Owacuwun, considering the fact that the deceased was left with 15
productive years, he still had a lot to provide for his family. The evidence
shows that he would have provided for his family for those years and
earned at least Shillings 63 million based on his salary.
He now wants
court to order the defendants to pay his family Shillings 63 million as life
expectancy earnings, Shillings 31 million for loss of dependency and Shillings 13
million in special damages including burial expenses, processing postmortem and
police reports, embalmment as well as the costs of processing letters of administration.
The Court Registrar is yet to summon Gaaga Bus Enterprises limited to file
By the time of
Bidong’s accident, Gaaga Bus had in 2018 been involved in another accident
at Nanda village in Kiryadongo District, killing 23 people and critically
injuring 15 others.