Joint requiem mass for Gaagaa bus victims set for Sunday

Doctors working on a survivor

THE entire nation is mourning with immense grief the incurable death of 22 people and 14 wounded survivors of Friday evening road accident.

The accident involved a Gaagaa bus from Lira to Kampala, a tractor and a beer truck at Nanda, Kiryandongo district.

Ahead of burials, Lango leaders have organized a joint-special mass in their memories.

The special mass will take place on Sunday (tomorrow), 2pm at Akii Bua Memorial grounds in Central division, Lira Municipality.

Talking to TND News Saturday afternoon, Lira district LC V Chairperson, Alex Oremo Alot confirmed the Sunday joint mass.

Speaking on his way for a planning meeting, Oremo called on all people in Lango Sub-region, irrespective of their religion, political affiliation or tribe to turn up in big numbers and mourn together.

“It’s a painful tragedy for us all. Bodies are being identified at Kiryandongo hospital mortuary before they can be brought home for special tribute tomorrow,” the district Chairperson added.

According to Oremo, Bishops from different faith based religion (Churches) in Lango Sub-region will lead mourners in Sunday unforgettable gathering in Lango history.

On Saturday, government responded swiftly and airlifted those wounded to Kampala hospitals. Some were admitted at St. Francis Hospital Nsambya, Mulago, among others.

Cecelia Atim Ogwal, the Dokolo district Woman MP said: “Just returned from receiving the 8 injured. Four were sent to Mulago and 4 to Nsambya hospital. 22 have been confirmed dead not 30. Six people could have walked away from the scene of accident. Hon Betty Amongi and Minister of State for Health Dr Joyce Moriku Kaducu were there to receive the victims.”

Police statement on the death toll

In his press release on Saturday, Uganda Police spokesperson, SSP Emilian Kayima said 22 died, canceling earlier media reports that over 40 had died.

“The number of the dead in this accident earlier explained is 22; including 4 juveniles, 18 adults. Among the adults, 4 are female, 12 are male. The injured are 14 and have been air lifted to Kampala for medical attention. We continue to thank all those that have been working in saving lives plus the police officers that worked since last evening in service of the people. Quick recovery to the injured; RIP to the dead. Names of the dead and their identities had not been released. All road users are reminded to use roads with care and caution. Many road accidents are a result of avoidable human undertakings.”

A survivor being disembarked from an ambulance. Courtesy Photo

FDC sends condolence  

“It is with great sadness that we learnt of the tragic and untimely death last night of a number of people including children through road carnage along the Kampala-Gulu Highway.

On behalf of the FDC and on my own behalf, we express our most sincere and deep condolences to the bereaved families, relatives and friends of the departed and indeed the entire nation upon this loss of immeasurable magnitude.

Death on our roads has become common although the causes of these accidents are well known to us and to the authorities meant to keep our roads safe. What is required therefore is for a caring government to make such interventions that will curtail the level of insecurity from avoidable accidents on our roads. We wish to challenge those whose responsibility it is to keep our road safe to immediately come up with measures to reduce road accidents.

FDC continue to mourn with all other Ugandans this loss of life as we continue to hold in prayer those who have lost their beloved ones.

May the Almighty Lord give you courage to endure this loss and may he rest the souls of the deceased in eternal peace,” Patrick Oboi Amuriat FDC President.

UPC Party President, Lira Municipality MP, Jimmy Akena Obote condole thus….

“I wish to send my most sincere condolences to the 22 families and friends of those who lost their lives in the tragic accident that took place last night near Kiryadongo. I also wish to appreciate the efforts of:

The staff at Kiryadongo hospital who attended to the injured.

The government through its Ministers for arranging for evacuation by helicopter and the UPDAF for responding quickly.

The medical personal who received the injured at Kololo airstrip and those at Mulago National Referral Hospital and Nsambya Hospital.

The efforts by many concerned to identify and transport the deceased where they may receive decent burials

May the Grace of the Lord comfort those mourning, while we continue to pray for those in Hospital.”

Board of Directors, TND News Uganda  

“Like anyone, we received with grief the Friday accident in which many lost lives and others struggling for their lives. It was untimely and will remain tragic in the history of Lango and Uganda. For those in pain, we pray for quick healings and those who have died may your souls REST IN ETERNAL PEACE.

We ask everyone to be united, strong at this difficult moment for me know God’s decisions are unquestionable.

The Board of Directors of TND News Uganda reaffirms their commitment to stand with bereaved family, Lango Sub-region and entire nation at this difficult moment”.

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