Friday January 10 2014

Central Bank bullion van accident kills four

A breakdown tows the damaged bullion van from

A breakdown tows the damaged bullion van from the accident scene on the Kampala-Gulu highway. Photo by Dan Wandera 

By Dan Wandera

Luweero- A motor accident involving a Bank of Uganda bullion van and a Fuso truck at Lukomera village on Kampala-Gulu highway in Luweero District has claimed four lives.

Luweero district police commander Godfrey Ninsiima identified the dead as Masuune Kiwanuka, the driver of the Fuso truck, Samuel Sebyala, Peter Sebayiga, and Godfrey Kakooza, all residents of Luweero.

Two Bank of Uganda staff, Mr Robert Mbabazi and Ms Monica Isingoma were injured in the accident that occurred on Wednesday evening.

It was not possible to verify claims by witnesses that the accident was happened when one of the bullion van’s tyre burst causing it to ram into an oncoming Fuso truck, which was transporting bricks.

The bullion van was transporting money to the Bank of Uganda regional currency centre in Gulu District. Military police which was providing escort to the convoy quickly cordoned off the accident scene to avoid any possible thefts.

A traffic police officer at the scene said they could not give out any information regarding the accident until the investigations are complete. “We are still investigating the cause of the accident. We shall give you the details,” a police traffic officer at the scene of accident said.