6 students killed in road accident

Bushenyi. Six students of Rwakatende Senior Secondary School in Nyakabirizi Division, Bushenyi Municipality, have been killed in an accident and six others injured after a truck rammed into them as they celebrated winning a football match on Saturday.The school team had won a zonal trophy after defeating Bishop Ogez High School in the ongoing postprimary football competitions.

The incident occurred when a speeding lorry carrying sand reportedly rammed into a procession of about 70 students in Bushenyi Town at about 6.30pm, killing six on the spot and injuring six.

“The students left the playground in excitement. Police had deployed at the playground but there was no sign that these students will make a procession, otherwise police would have stopped them,” the Bushenyi officer in charge of traffic, Mr Wilfred Byamugisha, said.They are being treated at Kampala International University Teaching Hospital in Ishaka.

Mr Byamugisha said according to the law, processions are supposed to be held between 7am and 6pm. He was, however, hesitant to blame the accident on anybody, saying the police are investigating what could have gone wrong.

Mr Byamugisha said the driver, Mr Moses Kyakabare, was reportedly beaten up by other students and whisked to an unknown health facility.The school director, Mr Frank Muhangi Rwakatende, blamed the accident on the driver, saying the truck was in dangerous mechanical condition and knocked the students on the roadside where they were walking.

Mr Rwakatende accepted to meet the cost of transporting bodies to their homes and promised to treat those who were injured. However, he said the driver should have met the costs since he was in the wrong.“I am going to take the matter to court because the vehicle was in dangerous mechanical condition,” Mr Rwakatende said at police yesterday.

THE VICTIMSThe dead include Robert Mugabi (S6), Sam Aruho and Clinton Nuwaha (S1), Mr Cuthbert Aineamtsiko (S6), Ainemukama Ahebwa and Apollo Nuwamanya (S5).Those who were injured are Mr Winfred Nankunda, Ms Ruth Atuhaire, Mr Pius Tibamnya, Mr Benson Barigye, Oscar Atuhwere and another one only identified as Michael.


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