Sunday, 27 May 2018

Uganda declares 3 days of mourning, promises action after Kiryandongo accident

UPDF choppers prepare to transfer accident victims from Kiryandongo to Kampala
GULU, Uganda:  The Uganda Government had declared three days of national mourning, a day after 22 people were confirmed dead in a road accident at Nanda Village, Kiryandongo District on Friday.

President Yoweri Museveni directed that starting Sunday 27th May 2018 all flags on public buildings in Uganda will fly at half mast and support be given to all the victims.

According to a statement by Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda, sh5 million will go to each of the families that lost their loved ones to assist in burial arrangements while sh3 million will be offered to eveyone seriously injured and are undergoing treatment.

"Government expresses condolences to the families that lost their loved ones, and those who sustained injuries in the tragic accident involving a Gaaga Bus, a tractor and a lorry at Nanda Village, Kiryandongo District on Friday 25th May 2018," the Prime Minister said in a statement.

The current death toll stands at 22 people, while others who were injured are being treated. Others have been discharged
President Museveni has already ordered the UPDF to avail a helicopter for the serious cases that needed to be airlifted for specialized treatment.

Rugunda said that while government awaits a detailed report from the police, initial investigations point to speeding and vehicles in faulty mechanical conditions as the cause of the accident.

"The traffic police must step up vigilance on the roads, especially ensuring that vehicles that are not roadworthy are not on the roads. Speed limits must also be observed," Rugunda said.

He also appealed to motorists to drive carefully and be disciplined on the roads. "Even without the police, passengers should prevail over errant drivers," he said in his statement.


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