By Faith Lanyero
Over Five People have been confirmed dead and many injured in a fatal accident that involved two vehicles along the Kampala – Masaka highway.
The fateful accident happened on August 27 at Kabuye-Kyabadaza in Mpigi District around late hours of 9pm.
The Katonga regional police spokesperson, Philip Mukasa confirmed news that around 9pm, a Global bus with registration number UAZ 581U which was heading to Mbarara collided with a taxi from Masaka with registration number UBA 969W leaving atleast five people lifeless and many in critical conditions.
He further said, the injured have been rushed to Nkozi and Mulago Hospitals for medication.
Details of other people who perished in the accident were still scanty by press time since some didn’t have any identification documents on them.
In Uganda, majority of road accidents involve buses, matatus and motorcycles. Many hospitals in East Africa have reserved special wards for bodaboda accident victims.
Many Ugandans rely on buses, taxis and bodaboda’s for movement, hence the need for more energy and resource to be focused on enhancing safety of the public road transport system.
According to Police, the average rate at which accidents occur on highways reduced by almost 50% in the past years since the launch of the Operation Fika Salama. However, more campaign is still needed, especially on other roads that are not highways.