KAMPALA– The death toll from an accident involving a bus and a trailer loaded with crates of beer last Friday has risen to 23, following the death of one more victim who had been admitted to the hospital at Nsambya in Western province on Monday, the authorities say.

Jackson Agona, 27, a laboratory assistant who worked with Chem-Labs Limited died at 7.40 pm on Monday, according to his sister, who was identified as Evelyn. He had suffered multiple fractures in the accident which occurred while the bus was travelling from Lira in northern Uganda to the capital, Kampala.

The government on Sunday declared three days of mourning for the victims of the tragic incident. President Yoweri Museveni in a message delivered by the Prime Minister, Ruhakana Rugunda, offered 5.0 million shillings (about 1,330 US dollars) to each of the families of the deceased and 3.0 million shillings to each of the families of the injured. The money was delivered by State House Comptroller Lucy Nakyobe.

The bus was involved in an accident with a tractor before colliding with a trailer loaded with crates of beer.

The accident happened at Nanda village, in Nyamasha parish, Mutunda sub-county, Kiryandongo district, about 220 kilometres north of here.



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