My sandals did me in
Posted Thursday, October 10 2013 at 01:00
On the fateful day, I was driving a Mitsubishi L200 manual transmission pick-up truck on my way from a friend’s introduction ceremony in Buwama off Masaka Road. I was playing loud music and was wearing the classic African sandals. The Masaka Road was still under construction at the time, with some parts as smooth a mat.
Clearly, you can only understand that with a full tank of fuel to myself, I was overtaking everyone. After travelling for about 20 to 25 minutes, from a distance I saw a Toyota Mark II (1999 model) and thought I would overtake it so that the passengers in the Mark II would feel the power of the pick-up truck.
I was wrong because as I raved the car to overtake I saw red lights of the Mark II come on. The driver had stopped instantly to avoid a bump.
Unfortunately, for me, a truck was coming from the opposite side and my only instinct was to brake. However, one of my African sandals slid to the bottom side of the brakes. You can only imagine what happened……. BOOOM! I ended up bumping badly into the Mark II’s rear. The entire boot had to be replaced at a cost of Shs4m.
Although we had called police, they did not show up but the Mark II driver insisted we go to the nearby police station in Kamengo and I accepted. The police officials made such a big deal of the incident and wanted me to pay them Shs1m so that they grant me permission to move the car to Kampala without taking it to the inspector of vehicles in Naguru.
I, however, objected to this suggestion. Meanwhile, the pick-up had no damage at all. I too, wasn’t hurt and had a seat belt on. Although I still race, I urge ladies to desist from wearing sandals and instead always have comfortable closed shoes. Sandals can be a huge problem like I discovered, the hard way.
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