Families of the Namugoona fire victims are to receive 5 million shillings as contribution from government, Frank Tumwebaze, the minister in charge of the presidency has revealed. Tumwebaze says President Yoweri Museveni has directed the state house comptroller to get in touch with the affected families and make all the necessary administrative arrangements to ensure the families receive the support. The fire broke out at 9:30pm on Saturday night near the Hoima road round about along the northern by-pass.
Andrew Felix Kaweesi, Kampala Metropolitan Police Commander says that preliminary police investigations indicate that there was an accident involving a fuel tanker and a Toyota Noah. This caused a fuel spillage and subsequent fire, which killed 33 people and injured more than 30 others. Some of the victims are believed to have rushed to the accident scene to scoop fuel before they got trapped in the fire.
Police today issued a list of 28 injured victims hospitalized at Mulago while 35 died some on the spot.
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This morning, President Museveni went to Namungoona at the inferno scene and reportedly assessed the possible causative factors. He cautioned youth against being lured into temptations of getting free things at the expense of endangering their lives as was the case at the accident scene.
Describing the incident as unfortunate, he cautioned youth to concentrate on productive activities like urban farming and other income generating projects. The President also visited Mulago hospital to express his sympathies with the victims. If the total number of both killed and injured victims still stands at 63 in total, government will be spending 315 million shillings.