27 May 2018

Uganda: Kiryandongo Accident - Govt Declares 3 Days of Mourning

Photo: Daily Monitor
The bus travelling from Lira district to Kampala hit the tractor from the rear before it rolled and collided with an oncoming cargo lorry.

Government has declared three days of mourning following Friday's nasty road accident which claimed up to 22 lives and left more than 15 injured.

The accident involved a Gaaga bus and a lorry and a tractor at Nanda, in Kiryandongo district. According to police, the 22 dead include 4 juveniles, 18 adults (4 females and 14 males).

Nineteen of those killed died on spot while three succumbed to injuries from Kiryandongo hospital where they had been rushed for treatment.

The three days of mourning start today Sunday and will end on Tuesday. The government will also compensate the injured and the families of the dead.

According to a communication from the prime minister Ruhakana Rugunda, President Museveni directed that all the families of the 22 people who perished be compensated with Shs 5 million each while those who are critically injured be supported with Shs 3 million each.

The statement further reads that from Sunday to Tuesday, all flags in the country will fly at half mast. Rugunda also tasked traffic police officers to step up their role to ensure that only vehicles that are roadworthy are on the road and speed limits must be maintained.

He says further that even without the police, passengers should prevail over errant drivers.

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