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Death toll in Masaka-Mbarara road accident rises

Sunday December 22, 2019

 

Two more people have died from wounds as a result of Friday evening car crash at Nkoni Village on Mbarara- Masaka-Kampala road in central Uganda.


This brings the death toll to seven in the accident which involved a bus belonging to Global Bus Company and a Toyota.


Police said the cars collided when the Toyota Noah attempted to make a U-turn in the middle of the road. The bus was travelling from Kampala.

All the five people who died on spot were travelling in the Toyota Noah.


“The two other victims who had been admitted at Masaka Regional Referral Hospital have also died this afternoon,” Mr Paul Kangave , the southern regional police spokesperson, said on Saturday.

He identified five of the deceased as Sarah Mboowa 24, a resident of Bulenga, Betty Babijyweba 40, a resident of Busembatya, Rose Nabikola 37, as resident of Kalungu, Paul Iganga, Katende Ssemwongere, 18 a resident of Bulenga and Ivan Ssenteza, 19.


“The two other victims who died Saturday are yet to be identified,” he said
Mr Kangave said Ms Christine Muwanga, who was also injured in the accident would be transferred to Mulago National Referral Hospital for better treatment.

He said police are working closely with families of the deceased to take the bodies for burial.

Mbarara –Masaka-Kampala road has remained one of the accident-prone highways in the country, registering between 200 and 300 fatalities annually.

At the height of accidents on the highway in 2015 which claimed the lives of several people, including former Miss Tourism finalists Norah Atim, Barbara Nakiwolo and Resty Namawejje, an employee of NTV-Uganda, MPs demanded for a probe into the road designs, procurement and construction of the highway.