The Territorial Police in Lwengo have confirmed that it registered a fatal accident on 23rd December 2022, at around 5:40pm at Kakyafu, Katovu Town Council in Lwengo district along the Masaka-Mbarara highway.
The accident involved motor vehicle Reg No UBK 051M Toyota Wish that was moving from Masaka and heading towards Lyantonde and motor vehicle UBG 034Q, an Isuzu Bus belonging to Global bus company, that was from Masaka side heading to Mbarara, and motor vehicle Reg No UBB 190R Toyota Premio from Lyantonde side heading to Masaka.
According to ASP Faridah Nampiima the PRO Traffic & Road Safety under Uganda Police Force, one person identified as Ssenyonga Sulayiti aged 60 who was a passenger in the Toyota Wish died on spot, while six people sustained serious injuries and are admitted at various health facilities receiving treatment. The accident has been attributed to reckless driving caused by the driver of the Toyota Premio who was over taking.
WORKS & TRANSPORT MINISTRY STATISTICS IN THE PAST WEEK ALONE (11th to 17th December 2022) – 390 road crashes were registered; 71 fatal, 202 serious & 117 minor, 83 lives lost & 297 seriously injured.
In Rwizi region western Uganda (Mbarara,Isingiro,Ntungamo,Rwampara,Ibanda,Kazo,Kiruhura), the regional police spokesperson ASP Samson Kasasira has revealed that police have put roadblocks and deployed 999 unit on roads to eliminate accidents. The police spokesperson is now appealing to drivers to endeavor following traffic guidelines in order to cub down any possible accidents. Rwizi policing area registered 6728 cases in a period of six months (January –June 2022).
Statistics from the Insurance Regulatory Authority confirm that out of the country’s 2.5million insured vehicles, only 500,000 have the mandatory Motor Third Party Insurance. Approximately Ugx200 billion in lost revenue to the insurers and Ugx70 billion in lost stamp duty to the government.
The sector regulatory body has now collaborated with the Uganda Revenue Authority-URA, Ministry of Works and Transport and the Uganda Insurers Association to develop a mobile payment platform that will streamline the operation of Motor Third Party Insurance, setting pace for insurance companies to invest in digital products.