Leaders threaten to revoke Gaagaa bus operation permit


Gaagaa bus after knocking a beer truck last week on Friday in Kiryandongo district.

LIRA- Leaders from Lango sub region have threatened to chase Gaagaa bus company from the sub region for one year should they fail to comply by supporting families of the dead and take responsibility of treating the injured.

This follows the bloodbath of 22 passengers who perished aboard their bus last Friday at Nanda, Kiryandongo district.

The cause of that fatal accident, according to eyewitnesses and police was over speeding by the bus driver.

Speaking at a joint prayer to pay tribute to those that perished, at Akii bua memorial grounds in Lira town on Sunday, Lira district woman MP Joy Atim Ongom said the kind of Gaagaa accident should not have happened.

She however said that because the bus was in a poor mechanical condition, it had to claim many innocent lives.

“How does a bus travel all the way from Lira up to Karuma with only one head lump; where were the traffic police?” Atim wondered.

She however thanked the Gaaga bus company for accepting to take responsibilities of meeting burial expenses and bills for those hospitalized.

Atim further cautioned the famous transportation company against pulling out, saying they would be given a one year ban for plying Lira-Kampala route.

Before hundreds of thousands of mourners at a joint tribute on Sunday, Gaaga bus pledged to give Shs. 3m to all the families of those whose lives were lost and to be responsible for those at hospitals.

“The moment you don’t cooperate we shall revoke your service license for one year. We value the lives of our people and if there is anyone who think they will do their business at the expense of our people’s lives then they are mistaken,” Atim warned to the applause of mourners.

Sylvia Akello, the Otuke district Woman legislator cautioned transport companies against using old buses on the road.

“We know about buses that were bought like 10 years ago but they are still on roads. Vehicles cannot stay for 10 years without any change and please value our lives,” Akello said.

Meanwhile Lira municipality MP Jimmy James Michael Akena welcomed Gaagaa gestures, pledging to follow up on their promises.

“We were able to get cooperation from Gaaga bus services and as Members of Parliament, we shall follow it up,” Akena said.

 


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