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Over 20 countries to attend Annual Meeting of African Network for Road Safety Legislators in Kampala

(Last Updated On: 29 April 2023)

Kampala, April 28, 2023: The Parliament of Uganda led by the Parliamentary Forum on Road Safety (PFRS), Worth Health Organization (WHO Uganda) will host the Annual Network Meeting of African Road Safety Legislators (ANMARSL).

The conference will take place at Munyonyo Commonwealth Hotel from May 1 – 3, 2023 under the theme: “Legislators and Road Safety.”

Speaking in an exclusive interview with TND News on Friday at Parliament, Tonny Ayoo who’s the Kwania County MP also doubling as the Vice Chairperson of PFRS, says Uganda will receive Members of Parliament from across Africa.

“So far we have received confirmation from about 20 countries. We are expecting the team from the UN, the World Bank, World Health Organization and Legislators from European Union, Europe and America,” MP Ayoo added.

The purpose of the network of African Legislators, according to MP Ayoo, is to bring together Legislators across Africa. “This was formed in 2018 in Lagos, Nigeria and I was among the Legislators who participated in forming the African Network of Legislators on Road Safety.”

He says the network helps African Legislators to take actions jointly and assess on their performance and commitment and put various governments to account to ensure that we work towards achieving a reduction of deaths and injuries by 50 per cent under the Decade of Action from 2021-2030.

“Governments must be accountable; governments must act and do whatever it takes within their means to ensure that deaths and injuries on the roads are reduced within Africa.”

Take a listen to more from MP Ayoo during the interview.

As per the WHO ranking, Uganda is one of the countries with the highest traffic death rates. The country is estimated at 29 car deaths per 100,000 people.

The burden of traffic crashes in Uganda

A study conducted by the Parliamentary Committee on Health on the Magnitude of Road Traffic Injuries reported to public hospitals in Uganda and the cost of treatment was presented before the House last year.

The committee chairperson Dr Charles Ayume (Koboko Municipality MP) said the study provides relevant policy and actionable recommendations to stakeholders to reduce road crashes.

“While Uganda has a comprehensive and expansive package of health services, government financing is lagging. The primary health care package is still funded mainly through donors (41%) and out-of-pocket (OOP) payment at (42%) creating issues for both sustainability and equity,” the study revealed.

Police record

The Annual Crimes and Road Safety Report of 2021 by Uganda Police revealed that there was a 42% increase in the number of road traffic crashes from 12,249 in 2020 to 17,443 in 2021.

During that year, 3757 crashes were fatal, and 4616 were minor.

In 2022, there was a 17% increase as 20,394 traffic crashes on the roads were recorded. 21,473 people became victims. During the same year, 4,534 people died.

Africa

WHO Africa Region’s findings during the Decade of Action for Road Safety (2011-2020) revealed that about 1.25 million people died each year as a result of road traffic crashes. It also noted that road traffic injuries were the leading cause of death among people aged between 15 to 29 years on the Continent.

On the data accuracy, MP Ayoo said the data always issued by the Police is not accurate because other cases are not reported, revealing that Parliament will move to establish “village or parish road safety committees” to report cases as soon as they happen.

Asked when the country should expect this to start, he said in two years.

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MP Tonny Ayoo and the Vice Chairperson of the Parliamentary Committee on Road Safety during an interview with TND News on Friday.

In the current financial year, the government allocated shs600m to traffic and road safety management, and because of the importance of the matter, Ayoo says the funding has been increased to shs900m in the coming financial year (2023/2024).

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