MBARARA – Shock and grief rocked residents of Kiswahili suburb in Mbarara town on Thursday afternoon when a boda-boda cyclist who was carrying three passengers rammed into a moving tipper truck killing two people on spot.
Samson Kasasira the Rwizi Region Police mouthpiece confirmed the incident, saying the rider and a juvenile of about 10 years died on spot whereas other two women were rushed to Mbarara regional referral hospital in critical condition.
He mentioned that the accident happened near Mbarara Municipal primary school on the lane connecting Lugazi road, that the bodaboda rider Reg.No UDT 075A had three passengers including and him the fourth and had a big bunch of matooke behind.
“Both the bodaboda and the tipper truck were sloping down but amidst the slope, the motorcycle got broke down and failed to break instantly, the juvenile who was in front and the rider hit their heads on the tipper truck and died on spot,” confirmed Kasasira
Kasasira said that they had not yet ascertained the where about of the tipper truck since it sped off after the accident. He said the two women are being admitted at Mbarara regional referral hospital in the intensive care unit. And that the bodies were taken to Mbarara mortuary for postmortem
Bodaboda riders have attributed this accident to overloading and narrowness of the road.
Prosper Kabagambe one of the eyewitnesses in his account revealed that if the road was big enough, the boda-boda rider would have gotten a chance to dodge from ramming into a truck. “we saw him struggling with the bodaboda sloping down the fact that he was following a tipper truck and the road is very narrow, he had no option to dodge hitting it from the back because he had much load so he could not control it.”
Francis Agaba also a boda-boda rider called upon the municipal leaders led by Mayor Robert Kakyebezi to ensure they enlarge the road to avoid such accidents.
“You see when you are slopping here and happen to meet a big vehicle, it’s a must you have to first stop, so the road is very small and has big trenches on both sides so our leaders should immediately come and expand the road.