Monday February 4 2013

Two students die in accident


At least four people, including two students returning to school, were yesterday killed in a road accident on the Mityana-Mubende Road.

The accident happened at around 1pm when the taxi they were travelling in from Fort Portal Township, lost control after its front tyre bust, causing it to overturn several times at Kalonga, about eight Kilometres to Mityana Town.

Police identified the dead as Naome Tandeka, a student of Central College and her father George Kakumise, Sikolasitika Kemigisha and an unidentified student.

The bodies were taken to Mubende Hospital mortuary for a post mortem.
Mr Philip Mukasa, the central-north region police spokesperson, said another eight people were injured and were admitted in critical condition.
“The injured persons are in a critical condition and are yet to be identified,” Mr Mukasa said yesterday.

Witnesses identified one of the injured persons as Mr Gerald Galabuzi, a taxi conductor.

Some of the students’ relatives from Kyenjojo District came to the hospital and took some of the bodies.
Police suspect the cause of the accident to be speeding and fake tyres that are all over the market.

Recently a convoy of Omusinga Charles Wesley Mumbere was involved in an accident in Myanzi village, Mubende District in which one person was killed.

The United Nations Decade of Action for Road Safety (2010-2020) demands from member countries to reduce traffic deaths by half by 2020, but in Uganda the deaths have been increasing year after year from 600 deaths in 1990 to 3,343 by last year.