By Willy Chowoo
Gulu: A Gulu-bound bus yesterday knocked dead two people at Akuru Cere village Minakullu trading centre in Oyam District along Gulu-Kampala highway.
The deceased were reportedly riding on a motorcycle UAJ 836W when they were knocked by a bus Reg. No. UAT 418H that was travelling from Kampala to Gulu. Police identified the deceased as David Odong 23, and his wife Eunice Kiya.
According to Aswa region police spokesperson Patrick Okema, police arrested the driver of the bus, James Oola in connection with the accident. Okema said Oola will be transferred to Oyam District where the case has been registered. The bus is now packed at Gulu Central Police station as investigations continue.
The incident comes just less than a week after Lujul Jackson, 63, a guard attached to Gulu School of Nursing was rammed into by South Sudan-bound trailer Reg No KBW320Y/ZE 5263. Okema regretted the increasing cases of accidents in the sub-region and blamed the incidents on reckless driving and speeding.
He said 11 fatal accidents have been recorded since the beginning of the year, adding that 13 people have perished in the carnage, with the month of July alone registering five fatal accidents and five deaths.
The publicist said police have also recorded 60 serious and 24 minor accidents since January 2017, which he said is a big number.
“We are doing everything possible to reduce road carnage and we have launched operation on vehicles in dangerous mechanical condition,” he said.
Okema said police have impounded a total of 51 vehicles in the last two weeks, adding that the impounded vehicles have been deregistered until they are repaired.