January 27, 2024
In a harrowing week, spanning from January 21 to January 27, 2024, Uganda’s roads witnessed a staggering 290 crashes, leaving an aftermath of 50 lives lost and 257 individuals injured. Among the victims were 19 pedestrians, 14 motorcyclists, and 5 passengers on motorcycles, highlighting the varied impact on different road users.
Yesterday, at Kawaala Junction in Nabweru, Nansana Municipality, a catastrophic collision unfolded, involving a Mitsubishi Fuso (UAQ 539E) and three Bajaj Boxer motorcycles (UFS 111I, UP 598K, UFU 872P), along with pedestrians. This tragedy claimed two lives and left eight others injured. Preliminary investigations point to brake failure as the root cause of the collision.
Meanwhile, around 01:02 pm at Mabira near the police station along the Kampala-Jinja Highway in Buikwe District, another collision occurred. The crash involved a Scania flatbed semi-trailer (UBI 107D/UBG 352B) and a T/probox (UBH 404F), resulting in the loss of two lives, both passengers in the T/probox. Five others sustained injuries, and preliminary findings suggest that careless overtaking by the T/Probox driver played a role in this tragic incident.
These incidents emphasize the urgent need for enhanced road safety measures and increased public awareness. Police spokesperson Michael Kananura stated, “The rising number of road accidents demands immediate attention. We are committed to working closely with law enforcement and communities to implement effective measures and raise awareness about safe road practices.”
“Our hearts go out to the families affected by these devastating incidents. We urge all road users to prioritize safety, adhere to traffic regulations, and report any vehicle malfunctions promptly,” added Kananura. Active investigations are ongoing to establish the root causes of these accidents, with authorities determined to address the alarming trend and enhance road safety across the country.