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Family of Deceased Security Guard Sues Gaaga Bus For Over UGX 100M Compensation

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
The Administrator 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.

Through Bailey 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.  

He explains 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.

 

He also 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. 

According to 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.


According to 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 their defence.  

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.

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