One dead, 12 injured in Mabira accident

Tuesday November 12 2019
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Residents sort live chickens from dead ones after a taxi overturned at Mabira Forest on November 12, 2019. PHOTOS BY DENIS EDEMA

One person has been confirmed dead and 12 others injured following an accident at Mabira Forest on Tuesday afternoon.
The Ssezibwa region police Spokesperson, Ms Hellen Butoto, identified the deceased as Nuur Kasozi, whom she said died on the spot and the body was taken to Kawolo hospital mortuary.

“One person died on the spot, 12 were seriously injured and are receiving treatment at Kawolo hospital; unfortunately, we are yet to identify them,” Ms Butoto said, adding that police are investigating the cause of the accident.
Mr Suleiman Tamale, a 25-year-old survivor, however, said the taxi registration number UBF705F in which he and others were traveling in from Namutumba to Kampala, was speeding before its tyre burst, forcing it to overturn.

“Most of us were businessmen dealing in goats, sheep and chicken; but only two of us managed to survive unscathed,” Mr Tamale, a resident of Wakiso, said.

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The wreckage of the taxi being towed to Mabira Police Station.

According to Mr Tamale, one person died on the spot and the rest sustained injuries ranging from broken legs, bruised necks and hands.
Mr Ibrahim Kyebanagoba, a boda boda rider, said the driver was at a high speed and lost control when his rear tyre burst.

“Uganda National Roads Authority [UNRA] needs to expand on the road near that particular area because it is very narrow,” he said.
The accident happened at the spot where a Uganda Martyrs pilgrim died and was buried.