Mulawa Waiswa, a resident within the area says that the crash has resulted into panic within their community and most of the parents have resolved to locking up their children inside the houses, as a means of deterring them from being exposed to the accident scene.
It is reported that, at around midnight, a Kenyan bound bus registration number KCX 258B was involved in a head-on collision with a Fuso of registration number UBE 007W. The Fuso driver whose particulars are not yet identified died on spot, and four passengers sustained injuries and are now admitted at Jinja Hospital.
However, the Kiira region police commander, Dauda Hiriga argues that the continued unregulated traffic flow between the two districts has created congestion and increases the risk of covid-19 infections if not controlled.
Kira Municipal Town Clerk Benon Yiga stresses that over time, they have focused on short term interventions like road maintenance and filling potholes. Yiga says that the municipality will now embark on the installation of traffic lights to guide traffic flow on top of widening all the major roads linking the municipality to Kampala.
On Wednesday, a team of motorized, non-motorized and non-uniformed officers were seen patrolling black spots at Magamaga, Baitambogwe, Bulanga, Iganga CMS, Nakalama, Namutumba town council area and Busowa. The patrols stem from a spate of accidents in the region, which have claimed more than 21 people within a space of one week.
Kasiima told URN in an exclusive interview that he has instructed traffic police and the Inspector of vehicles to engage the management of Tororo Cement Industries to ensure that DMCs trucks and incompetent drivers are discontinued from the roads.
Khalid Muyingo, the chairperson of Jinja taxi operators’ association who spoke on behalf of all drivers in the region says that the reason of the protest is tasking them to pay old fines which had been phased out in 2016.
The more than 500 pilgrims started the journey on May 7, from the Dioceses of Gericho, Eldoret, Nyahururu, and Bungoma in Kenya, sailing through borders, hills and valleys, across the eastern part of Uganda. The roundabouts along the way served as their prayer alters, thanking God for the journey travelled, and committing the excursion ahead.