At least two of the deceased were identified as Ronald Kirabira, a resident of Luzira who was heading to Kabembe village for burial and Fred Muchunguzi, resident of Nakanyonyi village in Nabbaale sub-county, Mukono district.
ACCIDENT KAYUNGA DEATH
Three people were on Thursday night confirmed dead following an accident which occurred on Mukono-Kayunga road at Mpoma village in Nama sub-county, in a valley after the Mpoma Satellite station.
According to the eyewitnesses, the accident which happened at around 9:30 pm came as a result of the over speeding taxi registration number UAV 021Y which had its tyre burst leading to its driver to lose control.
Jume Kirule said the taxi which was coming from Mukono to Nakifuma hit the metallic road guards and later sloped into the swamp.
At least two of the deceased were identified as Ronald Kirabira, a resident of Luzira who was heading to Kabembe village for burial and Fred Muchunguzi, residing from Nakanyonyi village in Nabbaale sub-county, Mukono district.
The causalities were; Robina Nalumu, Alex Muwereza from Namasuba who was heading to Kalagi, Saziri Kigala of Kalagi village, Simon Ssentamu of Luzira who lost his brother Kirabira in this very accident, with whom they were going to Kabembe to attend burial on Friday.
Others were; Arafat Mbogo and Miria Namubaale who is a resident of Kyabakadde village in Kyampisi sub-county.
Apart from Namubaaale who was taken to Kawolo Hospital, the rest of the injured were taken to Naggalama Hospital. Other taxi occupants who were injured were rushed to unidentified health units in Mukono town.
Ssentamu told New Vision that they boarded this taxi from Bweyogerere although it was in a dangerous mechanical condition with old tyres.
"Following its bad condition, when it reached Mukono-Kayunga road taxi stage, the stage managers blocked it from picking passengers and they just got them on the way. Without considering the condition of this taxi, the driver was on a terrific speed by the time its tyre burst," he recalled.
The victims received several injuries, fractures and cuts.
Traffic police from Naggalama division Police responded to the accident and worked with the residents to help the causalities get to the several health units for first aid.
The bodies were also picked and taken to Mulago hospital for a postmortem report.
Residents asked the traffic Police to be more strick while executing their duties more especially during this festive season in order to avoid the accidents.
They, however, blamed the traffic officer operating at this Mukono-Kayunga road for only working as scarecrows, saying that despite their being on the road sometimes, taxis load four people per seat and the vehicles are in bad conditions.
The driver of the taxi identified as Kabugo is said to have survived the accident and that he is currently on the run.
Our efforts to get a Police comment in regard to this accident were futile as the traffic officers from Naggalama Police refused to comment and the Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesman, Patrick Onyango and his deputy Luke Owoyesigyire were not ready with the information by press time.