Bukomansimbi Woman MP, Susan Namaganda has died at Nakasero Hospital following a road accident Mpanga forest reserve, Masaka on Friday morning.
According to Mr. Phillip Mukasa, the Katonga region police spokesperson, the accident occurred at around 1:30am after a Kampala bound taxi registration number UAU 822L collided head on with Ms Namaganda’s car, a Mark II UAM 228W leaving the legislator and three others badly injured. Also injured is Mr. Yiga Muwonge, an aspiring Member of Parliament for Bukomansimbi North.
Mr Mukasa adds that the taxi had no other occupants save for the driver who escaped after the accident. "He (taxi driver) was alone in the car, drunk and driving recklessly thus colliding with the personal car," he said.
In a statement, Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga said Namaganda who has been a Member on the Committees of Science and Technology and that of Agriculture died following an accident on Masaka road last night.
“The Speaker extends her condolences to the family, relatives, constituents and the country on this great loss,” she said.
Kadaga said “burial arrangements for the former MP will be announced in due course.”
When contacted on phone, Parliament Communications Chief, Chris Obore confirmed to Daily Monitor saying “She is dead.”
The deceased’s husband and East Africa Legislative Assembly MP, Mukasa Mbidde today morning revealed that, “Hon Susan Namaganda together with two others have had an accident after the vehicle they were travelling was knocked off the road along Mpigi by another vehicle whose registration number is not yet known.”
Democratic Party mourns Namaganda
The Chairman for the Democratic Party ( DP) Mr Norbert Mao also confirmed the death of Ms Namaganda in a statement. Mao praised the deceased for her relentless efforts in advocating for fair prices for rural farmers.
“The Democratic Party has lost a fresh new talent; a bright star has gone out leaving a dark void. She was so full of life and determination coupled with an iron will,” Mao said.
“To her husband, Hon. Fred Mukasa Mbidde and the entire family I know my words of consolation may not suffice but I hope the assurance that we your friends and comrades in the struggle stand with you at this trying time will strengthen you. We lift you up in prayer and commend Susan's soul to God Almighty. Leaders like Susan born in the 80s and 90s represent a new dawn in the Democratic Party and her tragic death at a tender age is a severe setback. Indeed she is a fruit fallen unripe,” Mao added.
Who is Namaganda
Namaganda graduated in 2006 with a certificate in Cisco Certified Network Associate before being awarded with a Diploma Cisco certified Network professional in 2008 at Makerere University.
She sat her UCE at Christ the King Bulinda in 2002 before joining St. Andrew Kagwa and Daniel for her A’level.