GRIFE and SHOCK today engulfed people in western & eastern Uganda, and other parts of the country after a total of 26 people died in 2 separate fatal road accidents in a single day.
Ms. Faridah Nampiima, the traffic police department Spokesperson, at around 10:30 am confirmed that 20 people perished in a fatal accident this morning, that involved a link bus registration number UBA 003 S that was heading to Kampala from Fort Portal. This accident occurred at 2 km from Fort Portal City, at a place called Sebitoli; out of the 20 deaths registered, 13 are adults while 7 are juveniles including 11 males and 9 females whose particulars will be availed in due course, according to police.
Police is investigating the cause of this accident.
Meanwhile, six people have also died in a fatal accident at Mailo 5 at around 06:00am along Mbale-Tirinyi road just 4 km from Mbale city eastern Uganda. Police has identified the deceased in Mbale-Tirinyi road accident as; Mulabi David, Namarome Fatima, Nambafu kurusum, Kafero isaka, and a yet to be unidentified male adult. This accident involved motor vehicles; Raum Reg. No UAT 995 A, Toyota Hiace Reg. No. UBH 437 K and Toyota Hiace Reg. No. UBJ 676W. A one Nandigobe Saida sustained serious injuries while other two unidentified ones survived the accident. Both Toyota hiaces drivers are on the run and police has attributed the accidents to over speeding by the taxi UBJ 676W.
Road users have been cautioned to be disciplined and observe traffic rules while on the road. Most of the accidents are as a result of human errors that are avoidable once we drive carefully and responsibly, she added.