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Two Inmates Dead, Seven Others Critically Injured in Lyantonde Accident

The accident occurred on Wednesday as a group of inmates at Kabula prison facility in Lyantonde district were being transported for labour in Katovu parish, Lyantonde sub-county.
FRANK BAINE PRISONS SPOKESPERSON

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Two inmates have been confirmed dead and seven others injured in a motor accident that occurred along the Masaka-Mbarara highway in Lyantonde district.

The accident occurred on Wednesday as a group of inmates at Kabula prison facility in Lyantonde district were being transported for labour in Katovu parish,  Lyantonde sub-county. 

Muhammad Nsubuga, the greater Masaka Regional Police Spokesperson has identified the deceased inmates as Willy Insheme and John Kaggwa who were serving sentences for theft charges. He says the two died on the spot while seven others including a staff warder sustained serious injuries and have been taken to hospital for management.

Those injured are; Bernard Asiimwe, Nathan Ssemanda, Fred Katumba, Ivan Batte, Stephen Kamugisha, Huzairuh Kasibante, Felix Bagambe, Hamza Tusiime, and Prison Warder Emmanuel Asiimwe. The survivors also include a female wardress identified as Dona Nuwamanya.  

Nsubuga says that 10 inmates and two staff warders had been squeezed in a Toyota Wish motor vehicle registration number UBF 972K and that preliminary reports also indicated that the driver was overspeeding before he lost control and collided with a trailer that was headed for Mbarara.  

According to eyewitnesses, the driver failed to navigate a sharp corner towards Katovu trading centre.

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Cue out; ….mbadde mbamanyi.”//  

The Spokesperson of the Uganda Prison Services Frank Baine confirms that they received reports about the accident, adding that the injured are being managed, and the bodies are taken to Lyantonde government mortuary pending informing of their relatives.

He, however, blames the accident on the in charge of the Prison facility for defying administrative instructions of the Commissioner-General of Prisons regarding transportation on prisoners. Baine says they have dispatched an inspection team whose findings will determine the next course of action. 

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Cue out….yalagajjaridde omulimo.”//                  

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