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Govt declares 3 days of mourning for bus accident victims

Remains of the Gaaga bus involved in the accident that claimed several people Thursday (COURTESY PHOTO)

KAMPALA: Government has declared three days of mourning in honour of the 22 people who perished in the Kiryandongo bus accident on Saturday evening.

Prime Minister Ruhakana Ruganda, in a statement issued Sunday, said during this period, flags will fly at mast.

He added that government will also provide Shs5 million to families of the deceased and Shs3 million to the injured.

Rt. Hon. Ruhakana Rugunda, Uganda’s Prime Minister (FILE PHOTO)

“Government will contribute Shs5 million to each family that lost their loved ones to assist in burial arrangements and Shs3 million to each of those seriously injured, who are currently undergoing treatment,” reads part of the statement issued by Dr Rugunda.

President Museveni (COURTESY PHOTO)

He also confirmed that following the accident, it was President Museveni who directed that a helicopter be provided to fly the injured from the accident scene to Kampala for treatment. They are admitted to Mulago and Nsambya hospitals.

He also attributed the accident to speeding and driving a vehicle in poor mechanical condition as the cause of the accident.

The Gaaga bus driver lost control following a fog after a heavy downpour (PML PHOTO)

The Gaaga Bus that was travelling from Lira District to Kampala hit the tractor before it rolled and collided with an oncoming cargo lorry transporting crates of beer. This was at Nanda village in Kiryandongo District.

The dead include Norman Mulangwa, 7yrs from Bakuli, Kampala, Obedgu Charles, 32, driver of the tractor, Etimu Keri Okwir, 44, Kyatuhaire Solome from Bushenyi, Uwiragiye Mbonera Arthur from kisoro District, Bogere Akamada from Luwero District, Mansur Asibuk from Yumbe District, Mulinde William from Mukono District, Akoro Anthony from Arua, Omar Joshua from Apac District, Kisambira Saidi (driver of the trailer), Langa Langa Jimmy, Mafumu Hannington, Alex Omode, Kalemera David, Achilo Brenda, Thembo Samson (District water Engineer Kole District) , Kawala Diana, Bunkedekko Ali, Kawoya Cosea, Oleti Godfrey 40yrs (internal Auditor of Kole District) and Mushoborozi Soverina.

The injured are Agona Jackson, Jackie Apio Mulangwa, Mulangwa Jonathan, Malcom Kabunga, Mutebi David. Waswa Joel, Kintu Majidu, Akuli Gloria, Nabisuubi Ruth Martha, Coleb Muwagi, Amongi Lovia, Okello Santo Robinson, Abdula Salim Issac from Kenya, Ojoko Simon and Sempijja Abdulla.

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