Government declares 3 days of national mourning after 22 people died in fatal accident

Prime Minister, Rt. Hon. Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda

The government of the Republic of Uganda has declared three days of national mourning to remember the lives of 22 Ugandans who perished in an accident on Friday night.

Lira Resident District Commissioner, Robert Abak said while reading official statement from government at Akii Bua memorial grounds in Lira at a joint prayer to pay special tributes to fallen citizens.

Lira Municipality MP, Akena (in red shirt) and Lira Mayor (L) at Akii Bua on Sunday

The letter dated Sunday, 27 May 2018 was written by Prime Minister, Rt. Hon. Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda under directive from President Museveni.

Below it reads…

“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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