Those feared dead are Denis Waiswa, the former Iganda Municipality MP candidate in 2021 elections and Yakub Kiggundu from Kawempe. The duo was in the company of five others aboard a Toyota Wish car registration number UBG 604R.
Wreckage of Toyota Wish being lifted from the scene of accident in Kumi. Courtesy Photo.
Two members of the National Unity Platform- NUP Media crew
have been reported dead in an accident along Kumi- Pallisa- Tirinyi road on Saturday.
The crew was traveling to Omoro district for a campaign trail ahead of Omoro
County by- election.
Those feared dead are Denis Waiswa, the former Iganda
Municipality MP candidate in 2021 elections and Yakub Kiggundu from Kawempe. The
duo was in the company of five others aboard a Toyota Wish car registration
number UBG 604R.
The car overturned in Aterai Village, South Division in Kumi
Municipality when a tyre reportedly burst, according to the East Kyoga Regional Police
Spokesman, Oscar Gregg Ageca.
“They were using the Pallisa- Kumi Road and around Aterai Bridge,
the tyre of the vehicle burst causing it to overturn. We have so far confirmed
one person dead, two more in comma and another with fractures. We have
evacuated the injured for medical attention. The
vehicle has been towed to Kumi CPS," he said on phone.
But our reporter visited Aturur Hospital Mortuary and found
two victims linked to the NUP accident in Kumi. We, however, could not verify
whether the deceased are same persons named by NUP in their social media posts.
“The National Unity Platform has learnt with great sadness and
shock, of an accident that occurred on the road towards Kumi from Iganga,
involving some of our comrades. The car was traveling to Omoro to join our
campaign team. We have so far learnt that two of our comrades and leaders
passed on," the NUP Facebook post read in part.
Information on the ground indicates that the team had first
attended Iganga Municipality Mayor’s wedding, Bamu Lulenzi in the morning
before embarking on the journey to Omoro. The car was following NUP’s President
convoy, Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine.
The injured are currently receiving treatment at Kumi
Orthopedics and Ongino hospitals.
Bureau Chief, Soroti
Living the Pen