Four children who were injured in the SMC Rally in Luweero at the weekend are writhing in pain at Mulago Hospital with no support from the sport’s governing body, FMU. According to Nalwadda Hadijah, the mother of one of the victims, none of the affected families had received communication from FMU by press time.
“That (FMU support) is what the father of the child (Chris Lubega) went to pursue,” explained Nalwadda whose 10-year-old daughter Rose Nakanwagi, had her right leg amputated at Mulago after it was shattered in the accident. Nakanwagi, who is currently admitted at Mulago in Ward 2C, said she tried her best to avoid being knocked by the car driven by Umar Daudi, in vain. “I tried to run but the car caught up with me,” Nakanwagi said before breaking down.
Meanwhile, the three other children involved in the accident Hanifah Nantale (6), Mawejje Kabeba (15) and Herman Kasambula (15) were by yesterday still admitted in the Intensive Care Unit. FMU president Jack Wavamuno said the federation was due to visit the affected families at Mulago late last evening.
As investigations into the accident that killed two children on the spot continue, FMU has suspended the culprit driver Umar Daudi and his navigator Hamza Katende from competitions. FMU boss Wavamuno, however, said the suspension shouldn’t be viewed as a punishment to the rally crew.
SOURCE: Daily Monitor