The Aswa River Region Police Spokesperson, Jimmy Patrick Okema says the accident occurred after a commuter taxi registration number UAW 617K destine for Arua City bumped into the rear of the moving police patrol registration number UP 4844.
Aswa River Region Police PRO Patrick Jimmy Okema - Photo by Dominic Ochola
Force Unit – FFU police officers attached to the integrated highway detach at
Ayago in Nwoya District are hospitalized at Anaka Government Hospital following
a nasty road accident.
The accident occurred on Tuesday morning next to Agung
Trading Centre, about 22 kilometers from Karuma Falls Bridge. The injured are Simon Peter Okot,
Kenneth Odong Oloya, Joseph Okada, Angella Afegu Aringa, Albino Olal and Moses
Ochan, all police constables.
The Aswa River Region Police Spokesperson, Jimmy
Patrick Okema says the accident occurred after a commuter taxi registration
number UAW 617K destined for Arua City bumped into the rear of the moving police
patrol registration number UP 4844.
He says the commuter taxi with 13
passengers on board veered off the road injuring two occupants one of them
seriously and has since been identified as Mahmood Omwa. This is the fifth deadly road accident in the
district since the beginning of this year.
In January, five people were killed and 13 others injured after a speeding Arua
bound taxi burst a tire around the same area in Purongo Sub-County. In October,
a 16-year-old boy died and 12 others were injured after their taxi also had a
Police statistics indicate that Uganda records at least 20,000 road
accidents each year with over 2,000 deaths putting it among countries with the
highest traffic death rates. The accidents are usually a result of overloading, reckless
driving, speeding and drunk driving, according to police records.
Ochola's journalism career begun from Radio King 90.2 FM in Gulu around 2009, and Radio Rupiny 95.7 Fm under Vision Group in 2012. He also reported for Mighty Fire 91.5 Fm, Kitgum in 2015 before joining Wizarts Foundation in 2017.
He has been reporting for Uganda Radio Network (URN) since 2017 before being posted as Bureau Chief Kitgum, and latr Gulu between 2018 - 2021. Currently, he reports from Parliament.