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April’s road crashes: “More than 10 killed in seven days” in Uganda

Nine people were confirmed dead after a fatal road crash along Masaka-Mbarara highway on Good Friday, according to Police's PRO of Traffic and Road Safety, ASP Fraidha Nampiima.
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The wreckage of the car in which nine died on spot. Courtesy, Uganda Police Force.

Last Updated on: 7th April 2023, 10:43 pm

Quick notes:

    • TND News tally from April 1, 2023, to April 7, put the total of those killed at fourteen. The figures, however, could be high.
    • “Every day we lose 10 people in the road carnage. Road checkpoints are there and we put them in places that used to be blackspots. In those places, accidents have reduced. Nowadays accidents are happening in places where we don’t have road carnage. We cannot have road checkpoints everywhere,” ASP Faridah Nampiima, as quoted by Daily Monitor in May 2022.

On April 1, 2023, Police recorded a fatal road crash at Buloba Forest Park in which five people died on spot.

Speaking after the crash, PRO of Traffic and Road Safety at Uganda Police, ASP Fraidah Nampiima said, “Preliminary findings indicate that motor vehicle registration number UAX628S Scania loaded with parked water from Kampala side heading to Mityana had a tyre Burst and lost control and rammed into five motor vehicles; UBE613E Toyota Hiace, UAR 175W Isuzu Elf, UAX783F Mitsubishi Pajero, and UFL 384D Bajaj Boxer, killing five people on spot.”

Among the dead, she said was a boda boda rider. Read more here.

Six days after the above fatal crash, Police have again announced another deadly crash along the Masaka-Mbarara highway in which nine lost their lives.  

“The Territorial traffic Police at Kinoni has today 07th. April 2023, at about 1600/C, registered a fatal accident at Kyoja Trading Centre along the Masaka-Mbarara highway, claiming the lives of nine people on spot.”

The crash, according to ASP Nampiima, involved motor vehicle registration number  UBL 314C an Alphad that was traveling from Kampala side heading to Mbarara, and motor vehicle registration number SSD 327S/SSD 137Q that was from Mbarara/Kinoni town.

The two motor vehicles had a head-on collision, she added.

Preliminary findings, according to the traffic and road safety PRO indicate that the Alphard driver was at high speed and was keeping right when he crashed head-on with the fuel tanker, killing nine people on spot.

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All those who died including two juveniles were passengers in the Alphard car, Police say. Reports yet to be confirmed reveal that they are members of the same family.

Also read: North Kyoga: Christians advised to be vigilant during Easter

“The driver of the fuel truck and his turn man, sustained injuries and were rushed for treatment in Masaka referral hospital.”

“We want to take this opportunity to warn all motorists traveling to upcountry for Easter celebrations to drive carefully, avoid speeding, phone driving, drink driving and all other road indiscipline that result in accidents,” Nampiima advised, adding, “Our thoughts and prayers to the family of the deceased victims.”

The above separate crashes followed another deadly crash on March 25, 2023, in which NTV journalist, Edward Muhumuza lost his life on the spot on Entebbe-Expressway.

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