A commuter taxi has knocked dead four Kenyan pilgrims and
injured ten others critically along Iganga-Tororo high way. The accident occurred around 5:30am
on Sunday morning at Waina village in Mayuge district.
The deceased Kenyan
victims who were on their way to Namugongo Martyrs shrine have since been
identified as Sarah Adiambo, Godfrey Abaga, Kevinah Akila, and Roselyn Mutunga.
are lying at Iganga General Hospital mortuary pending postmortem. The deceased
were part of 106 elderly pilgrims mainly from Bungoma catholic diocese in
Bungoma County in Kenya.
Apinyi, the Traffic Officer in charge of Magamaga police post, says the
pilgrims were crashed by taxi registration number UBD 860 W destined for Mbale
She says they have launched a manhunt for the taxi driver who
fled the scene shortly after the accident. She also urged motorists to be
mindful of pilgrims.
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The leader of the deceased pilgrims, Peter Sosso, says he is leading a
group of elderly people who can only walk for 20kms a day and they had expected
to stopover at Bugembe parish when the unfortunate incident happened.
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Agnes Kibone, who is nursing wounds at Iganga general
hospital, says she was shocked to see her colleagues perish in the accident in
the middle of the early morning rain.
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This is not the first time Kenyan
pilgrims are being knocked on their way to Namugongo.
In 1998, a Kenyan pilgrim
identified as John Kibe was knocked dead by a speeding
taxi at Lwankima along the Jinja-Kampala highway on his way to Namugongo to
celebrate Martyrs’ Day.
Kenyan Pilgrims hold special prayers in memory
of Kibe annually as they walk to Namugongo shrines.