Parents killed, children injured in bus accident

BUDAKA. Two family members who were heading for Easter Sunday service in Budaka Town Council were knocked dead in an accident involving a YY caoaches bus and a motorcycle on the Mbale-Tirinyi highway.

Charles Kude, 42, and Ms Lovisa Tilikoba, 32, were killed and their two children Emily Tabenya and Enock Mbayo, seriously injured. The children were admitted to Mbale Hospital intensive care unit.
Bukedi region traffic officer Sam Kuchu confirmed the development saying the accident occurred at Nankone village just few kilometers from Budaka Town Council.
The family members were riding on their motorcycle heading to Namirembe Church of Uganda. They are residents of Pulaka village in Bulangira Sub-county.
It is alleged that the bus was heading to Kampala when it knocked the family members who were riding ahead.

Bus driver arrested
Upon knocking the four the driver of the bus speed off but was later intercepted and arrested. He was then given police bond to allow him take passengers and later report back with the bus for further investigations.
“Majority of road accidents that take place on the Mbale-Tirnyi Highway and other major roads are due to human error and failure to adhere to traffic guidelines and regulations. Failure by drivers to comply with traffic regulations remains a big challenge,” Mr Kachu said.

He added, “The police will not get tired but will definitely continue patrolling the roads to apprehend violators of traffic rules, especially reckless drivers who put the lives of other road users at risk.”
The Budaka District chairperson, Mr Arthur Mboizi, described the death of Mr Kude and his wife Tilikoba, as a big blow to the family, relatives and the district.

“It is unfortunate that we have lost our dear brother and sister under such circumstances. I know that the family has been hit with double tragedy but we shall stand by them and we shall dearly miss them,” he said.
The bodies were handed over to the relatives for burial.

SOURCE: Daily Monitor


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