Kiryandongo Accident: Govt Declares 3 Days of Mourning

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The government has declared three days of mourning following Friday’s bus accident which claimed the lives of 22 people.

The accident involved a Gaaga bus and a Lorry and a tractor at Nanda, in Kiryandongo district.
The three days of mourning start today Sunday and will end on Tuesday.  The government will also compensate the injured and the families of the dead.

According to a communication from the Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda, President Museveni directed that all the families of the 22 people who perished be compensated with 5 million each while those who are critically injured be supported with 3 million shillings each.

The statement further reads that from Sunday to Tuesday, all flags in the country will fly at half mast.

Rugunda also tasked traffic police officers to step up their role to ensure that only vehicles that are roadworthy are on the road and speed limits must be maintained.

He says further that even without the police, passengers should prevail over errant drivers.

HERE IS THE FULL STATEMENT BY THE PRIME MINISTER

Statement by Prime Minister, Rt Hon Dr Ruhakana Rugunda 
Sunday, 27th May 2018
Government expresses condolences to the families that lost their loved ones, and those who sustained injuries in the tragic accident involving a Gaaga Bus, a tractor and a lorry at Nanda Village, Kiryandongo District on Friday 25th May 2018.
The current death toll stands at 22 people, while others who were injured are being treated. Others have been discharged. 
On the directive of HE President Museveni, Government is:
1. Declaring three (03) days of National Mourning starting today, Sunday 27th May 2018. During these 3 days, all flags on public buildings will fly at half mast.
2. Contributing Shs 5 million per victim to the families that lost their loved ones to assist in burial arrangements.
3. Will contribute Shs 3 million per person to those who were seriously injured and are undergoing treatment. 
Following the accident, the President ordered the UPDF to avail a helicopter for the serious cases that needed to be airlifted for specialized treatment.
While we await a detailed report from the police, initial investigations point to speeding and vehicles in faulty mechanical conditions as the cause of the accident. 
The traffic police must step up vigilance on the roads, especially ensuring that vehicles that are not roadworthy are not on the roads. Speed limits must also be observed. 
We also appeal to motorists to drive carefully and be disciplined on the roads. Even without the police, passengers should prevail over errant drivers. 
We salute members of the public who supported rescue efforts to help save lives. We also thank Government Ministers, the Police and other officials for promptly coordinating the response.
We also thank the medical teams at various health facilities where the injured are being treated from, for the good job they are doing.
May the Almighty God Rest the departed in eternal Peace and bring quick recovery to the injured.
Ruhakana Rugunda (Dr)
Prime Minister
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3 thoughts on “Kiryandongo Accident: Govt Declares 3 Days of Mourning”

  1. It is better for the gvt first to ensure the drivers in the country are well trained. Not only be sorry for people to die instead of doing they work. May almighty God help those families who lost they dear ones. Thanks

  2. I am a taxi driver operating on the same Gulu kampala road.the big problem is our traffic officers b’se they ignore things like tractors, they don’t inspect b’se it dose not give them daily money but taxis and other trucks they stop us 7 times befor end of jurney what they inspect is our poket not the vheicle. They must inspect all vheicles including tractors so that we reduce road accidens.

  3. Thanks to the Government but what has it done to stop this ? Drivers of GAGA buses are so reckless while driving . Let the government redo the drivers permits bse most of this drivers just learn from the Job given , thus more lives are still in danger since many still have to travel to work up country bse of the dead where people coming back to their families . Rest in Peace Bogere Ahmed a man who had no problem with People , smiling all the time . We shall miss you dear

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