Lira Woman MP hospitalised after road accident

Tuesday December 15 2015

Lira Woman MP Atim Joy's car which overturned

Lira Woman MP Atim Joy's car which overturned several times, leaving her injured and hospitalized. Inset is Ms Atim. Photo by URN/Bill Oketch  

By BILL OKETCH

LIRA

Lira Woman Member of Parliament Joy Atim Ongom has been admitted to Lira Regional Referral Hospital following a road accident at Apii on Lira -Kampala highway on Monday night.

The accident occurred at around 1am after a trailer, whose registration number was not established collided head-on with Ms Atim’s vehicle, a Toyota Land Cruiser leaving the legislator with two others seriously injured. Also injured are the MP’s driver only identified as Mr Paul and her political assistant Ms Santa Angela, who is also the Lira LC5 councillor for Ngetta and Adekokwok Sub-counties. 

Ms Atim was involved in the accident as she was travelling back from Parliament where she had gone to bid farewell to the fallen Bukomansimbi Woman MP, Susan Namaganda. Namaganda died at Nakasero Hospital following a road accident at Mpanga forest reserve, in Masaka last Friday morning.

On Tuesday morning, nobody was allowed in to see the Lira Woman MP at the health facility where she is receiving medication with the other two involved in the accident. Hospital administration, however, assured the general public that they were all out of danger.

“Honourable (Ms Atim) has requested that we should not allow people to see her, but I can assure the public that we are doing everything we can to save their lives. As I speak now they are out of danger,” the acting hospital administrator, Mr Edward Munje, told journalists.

Lira District speaker Martin Ocen Odyen said he and some district councillors, friends and relatives who went to visit the patients were not allowed in.

“We thank God for the gift of a new day He has given them and we wish them a quick recovery,” he said.

North Kyoga regional police spokesperson, Mr Manshur Suwed, however said he was not aware of the accident.

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