Mbale Residents Rush For Free Fuel As Another Tanker Overturns

Police in Mbale used batons to on Tuesday morning to chase people who wanted to invade a scene of accident involving a fuel tanker.

Body of the Bodaboda rider
Body of the Bodaboda rider

In a case of people learning nothing or forgetting nothing, police had to intervene immediately after local people had started gathering another fuel tanker which overturned along Mbale- Kampala highway just about a kilometer from Mbale.

At least two people were killed after the tanker crashed them.

Police remove the body from the scene
Police remove the body from the scene

The tanker registration number UAF 481M was heading towards Kampala when the driver veered off the road, crashed onto a Bodaboda motorcyclist before turning.

The cyclist only identified as Ayub and his passenger also identified only as Yumbe, an attendant at BAM supermarket, died instantly while the driver of the tanker Fred Ssengendo escaped and fled the scene. The 9:00am accident occurred just less than 10 meters away from Habib Fuel Station.

This comes just nine days after the Namungoona fuel tanker fire that killed at least 41 people. At least 10 other people are still being treated at Mulago Hospital for severe burns.

Besides being a fuel tanker, the proximity of the accident scene to the fuel station never scared residents most of who rushed with hope of scooping what they thought would be flowing fuel.

Police Disperse residents from the scene
Police Disperse residents from the scene

The tanker was, however, empty although the police rushed to the scene in time and immediately dispersed the already gathering crowd.

Commanded by Jacob Opolot, the Elgon Regional Police Commander, and Gerald Twesige, the Mbale District Police Commander, the officers deployed heavily at the scene blocking the Mbale- Kampala Highway for more than two hours as they removed the body of the victims and the wreckage.

One person whose identity was not established by the time of filling this report was arrested for allegedly inciting violence. He is accused of trying to mobilize residents to invade the scene of the accident.

Body of the passenger at the scene of the accident
Body of the passenger at the scene of the accident

The bodies of the deceased have been taken to Mbale Regional Referral Hospital Mortuary for postmortem.

Jacob Opolot, the Elgon Regional Police Commander, blamed the accident on reckless driving. He said the driver of the tanker was talking on phone when the vehicle veered off the road and crashed the cyclist with his passenger.

Police now says government still has much to do to respond to fire related accidents which are becoming too common.

A senior police officer who declined to be named because he is not allowed to talk to the media acknowledges that little or no measures have been designed to protect lives and property during fire accidents.

This comes just days after another similar accident claimed the lives of 40 people in Namungoona, a Kampala surburb.

Government has so far given Shs5 million to each of the 63 victims of those who died in the Namungoona fire.

5 thoughts on “Mbale Residents Rush For Free Fuel As Another Tanker Overturns

  1. Hehehe Why not when there is a chance of getting five millions if you die stealing fuel.

  2. God help us! Ugandans never seem to learn. There is this Animal that is easy to kill called a “warthog”. A hunter spears it once, and it charges or escapes back to its hole, but in a flash…it is back to graze and that’s when the Hunter finishes it off!!

    Why don’t we ever learn????

  3. You can take a horse to the well but you cannot force it to drink. Some people simply cannot learn. Surely this cannot be because of poverty – plain stupidity.

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