EDITORâ€”Enough is enough! Ugandans must stand up and ask for accountability. In less than 14 days, we have lost about 40 lives in road accidents. This is outrageous. On October 17, two separate accidents on Masaka road claimed three lives and left many other people critically injured.
Last week, a bus killed poor Ugandans on Namirembe road while a car rammed into a nearby house and killed a child at Kalerwe on Gayaza road. What is baffling is that no one seems to care.
Do we have any ministry in charge or has everything been left to fate? We have decried loss of innocent lives caused by reckless drivers. Most of these accidents can be prevented. They are actually not accidents but mere cases of indiscipline by drivers!
Since policy makers seem too lazy to think about what can be done to avert this calamity, let me make a few suggestions to tame this madness. A driver who causes an accident and is proved to have been reckless should have his driving permit cancelled, sent to Luzira and thereafter barred from driving in Uganda again.
Driving should not be a job or activity for school dropouts. Just like President Museveni did in the army, drivers should have a minimum standard of S.4 or its equivalent.
All drivers should undergo specialised training. The business of drivers learning driving from relatives and friends should stop. Uganda needs professional drivers. That is why government drivers are not major victims of these stupid accidents. The major culprits are taxi drivers.
Traffic police on roads should ensure that all vehicles on Ugandan roads are roadworthy.
Officers who take bribes from motorists should be arrested, prosecuted and dismissed from service with disgrace. A very big fine should be imposed on drivers who are involved in reckless accidents.
This will act as a deterrent to reckless driving. The rule about speed governors must be revisited. Special inspection must be done so that all vehicles are fitted with the gadget.
Enough is enough! Tame errant drivers