Uganda Police today registered an accident involving M/V UAY 485E, an Isuzu Bus belonging to Link Bus Services Company which rammed into a stationary broken-down Mercedes Benz trailer and one person was confirmed dead.
Vincent Twesige, the Rwenzori West Police Spokesperson identified the deceased as Dauda Kawawu, the driver of the bus registration number UAY 485E.
The bus that was destined for Fort Portal rammed into a stationary trailer registration number UAV 326W that had broken down at around 7: 45 PM in Mukunyu Trading Center Kyenjojo District.
Although he didn’t specify the number of the passengers who got injuries, Twesige revealed that the injured were rushed to Kyenjojo Hospital. Last year, over 25 people perished in a fatal accident involving a Link Bus at Sebitoli along the Fort Portal-Kampala highway in Kabarole district.
These come few hours after Speaker Anita Among’s call to government to install tough penalties on the roads to ensure that road carnage is brought down.
According to the Speaker, a number of accidents on the roads today are happening due to the lack of implementation of the Road Act 2009, which gives the government enough power to administer a number of punishments that would otherwise deter future road accidents.
She pointed out the case of cars that break down on the roads and stay there for more than six (6) hours, hampering movements and causing accidents.
“If we implemented the Road Act, 2019 to the letter then we would not be having all these problems. I want to urge the Minister to implement the law, especially Section 58, to tow those vehicles that break down on the road,” said the speaker of parliament.