26 December 2012

Uganda: Four Perish in Namutumba Accident

Four people including two bank managers in Mbale town died in two separate accidents in Namutumba district over the Christmas holiday while several others sustained injuries.

Janat Watuwa, the manager Orient Bank, Mbale branch and Godfrey Bagonza, manager UBA (United Bank of Africa) Mbale branch together with Peter Mawanda another employee of Orient Bank Mbale perished in a road accident along the Iganga-Tirinyi-Mbale Highway on December 24.

South eastern police spokesperson, Samson Lubega, said the trio was travelling in a saloon car Reg. No. UAS 923H to Kampala when they collided head on with a Mbale bound bus Reg. No. UAJ 752B at Mazuba trading centre in Namutumba district at 8.00pm.

Lubega said Watuwa was a resident of Malukhu in Mbale district, Mawanda was a resident of Bungokho subcounty also in Mbale while Bagonza was a resident of Kiwatule in Nakawa division, Kampala.

In Bulange trading centre in Namutumba district, a thirteen year old boy identified as Wilson Muzaale, died instantly when Akram Muyinda the driver of a Toyota Land cruiser UAQ 721E in which they were traveling lost control and rammed into a tree on Christmas day.

Lubega said Muzaale a son of Smart Balaba had been a pupil of Victory primary school in Namutumba district.

He named those injured in the 3.00pm accident as Flavia Namukose, 13 and another only identified as Jibron, aged 8 both pupils of Busia Victory primary school.

Others were Mebra Nakabugo, 6 and Justine Nakabugo, an 18 year old student of Nyenga SS in Buikwe district both daughters of Philemon Kibonge of Namutumba as well as 13 year old Sandra Naigaga a pupil at Teefe primary school.

Meanwhile in Iganga municipality, Lubega said an unidentified man who had climbed Tembo Steel Rolling Mills fence on Christmas night, fell down and died instantly after guards at the factory fired bullets in the air in an attempt to scare him off.

Lubega said the body was carried to Iganga hospital mortuary as investigations into the matter continue.

In Jinja, the traffic officer Dickson Rugundana said the district was peaceful with no accidents reported over Christmas.

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