Huge delay in retrieving sunk boat caused by lack of resources -Police

By Robert Segawa

The exercise to retrieve the wreckage of the vessel that capsized on L Victoria are still on going .

As police and UPDF marine together with local fishermen early this week have embarked on rescue to pull out the wreckage.

On Tuesday, marine units deployed MV Kalangala to pull out the wreckage but only part of it pulled out.

According to the director of operations Asuman Mugyenyi the phase of turning fate full boat upright has been successful.

33 people have been reported dead and 26 were rescued, the numbers of those still missing is unclear and reports indicates at least 100 people board the vessel before it capsized.

Addressing journalists at Mutima beach Mpatta sub county in Mukono district the director of operations Asuman Mugyenyi says no special funding has been provided for the operation.

We have volunteers trying to help on the operation, but for the side of government,each government agency has used it’s own resources allocated in the budget ‘ says Mugyenyi.

He adds that it’s now difficult to know how much fuel, airtime, used until the exercise is concluded.

We are now embarked on recovering the missing bodies and those that could be trapped and also recover the property that could possibly around scene of accident.

He however said four families have reported to police the names of missing people these are , Sylivia Namutebi, Peter Kakoza, Godfrey Musisi and Andrew Ssenyonga.

On other hand the UPDF Marines commander Brigadier Mitcheal Nyarwa says the rescue team also face same challenges in trying to search for bodies that may be trapped in wreckage of I’ll fated boat that capsized on Saturday night

He adds that the divers can not enter the compartment of the boat because they also fear to be trapped inside.

Capsized boat on L.Victoria that killed over 30 people has no license to operate.

ByRobert Segawa

The boat that capsized on L.Victoria Saturday night killing over 30 people left many bodies missing has no license to operate.

This was revealed by the state minister for transport Eng Aggrey Bagire during a visit at Mutima Beach rescue center in Mpatta Sub county in Mukono district.

Minister Bagire says that the boat was not registered, not inspected, and was in a mission to confiscate errant boats inclusive the one that capsized.

He adds that the boat that capsized is on their top list but unfortunately the owners have been playing hide and seek with some ministry officials.

Out team on Thursday was out to look for the same boat and the official was told that the boat is no longer plying the water due to mechanical faulty, Says Minister Bagire.

On Saturday at around 4 pm tragedy boat left KK Beach to Palm Beach carrying over 100 revelers capsized just a few meters off Mutima island to it’s destination at around 8 pm.

The police force, UPDF Marines together with the community involved in intensive rescue that night managed to rescue 26 people’s with 13 bodies before suspending the rescue mission.

Ssp Zurah Ganyanna the search and rescue recovery team spokesperson says among the people rescued is Prince Charles Wasajja a brother to Kabaka of Buganda Ronald Muwenda Mutebi, Singer Iryn Namubiru and prominent businessman Kiyimba Free Man.

She adds that the rescue mission continues on Sunday morning between police and UPDF Marines from Air Force together with Choppers Flying over the water to trace the floating bodies and also trace the wreckage of boats where 19 bodies were retrieved from the water

SSP Zurah Ganyanna says by late Sunday evening 19 bodies were retrieved and taken to Mulago hospital city mortuary that brings the numbers of bodies recovered to 32.

She, however, says that there is no hope of finding the survivor adding that among people who died in the water last night were fishermen who rushed into the accident point to rescue, but again rescue boat capsized killing many due to overloading.

The police and UPDF marine will also continue with the search of bodies with seriously resume tomorrow morning.

WHAT CAUSED THE TRAGEDY.

Overloading caused the tragedy as revelers stormed KK beach in big numbers for the long-awaited party organized by the business community.

The business community section downtown in Kikubo organized the end of year party which was to take place on the weekend of 10th November 2018 and was postponed to 24th November 2018 due to poor mechanical conditions.

According to one of the survivor, the team started arriving at KK Beach Gaba at around 8 am with their plan to set off to Palm Beach at 10 am.

She adds that they were told that the delays were because engineers were working hard to fix the boat to make their way to Palm Beach where the end of year party was to be held.

At 3pm they started boarding the boat and left KK Beach at 4 pm and all were asked to put on a life jacket and the boat started moving slowly until it developed problems and were asked to go one side of the boat so that it can balance but unfortunately it was taking in water and capsized.

She narrated that they tried to cling on the boat as they screamed but most of them were already drunk and had taken off their life jackets. Those who didn’t have life jackets tried as much as they can to hold on to those who had worn thereby increasing the number of people drowning and increasing the death toll.

The rescue boat arrived on time and all the survivors went onboard but they boarded in big numbers and it also capsized and that’s when most of them drowned and died.

Zurah Ganyanna says among the bodies that were retrieved on Sunday including one of the businessmen owning the boat a one Templer Bisase and his wife Sheila Bisase, and Business tycoon Yoweri Musumba a father to Busujju legislator David Kalanga.

She adds that police have embarked on investigating exactly what caused the boat capsized left dozens killed.Police also asked those still missing their loved ones to register with police book at rescue and service comm

Fatal accident in Iganga claims lives and leaves many hospitalised

By Robert Segawa

Police have identified the 7 people who perished in road accident that occurred in Iganga district on Wednesday night.

According to Iganga district police commander Nasib Ndita the accident occurred at around 8pm on Wednesday, this was after a taxi registration number UAZ 157 V from Busia heading to Kampala had a head on collision with mini bus registration number UAT 805F from Jinja.

He named the deceased as Esther Mirembe resident of Gayaza, David Bogere resident of Nakavuke village Iganga district, Badru Lunabe the minibus driver resident of Mafubira in Jinja, Amina Nakadama of Baitambogwe, Agrey Baliluno, Mugude Bob among others.

Ndita said 22 other people sustained serious injuries and were taken to Jinja referral hospital and Iganga Nakavule hospital for medical attention.

He attributed the accident on over speeding and reckless driving by the taxi driver who collided with the minibus as he attempted to overtake the tractor.

Traffic police in Iganga managed to remove the wreckage of trucks that involved in night accident to allow traffic flow of traffic. The remains of the deceased were taken to Iganga Nakavule hospital for postmortem.

Ndita urged the drivers to drive carefully as we are heading to Christmas festival and also asked passengers to speak to avoid such incident.

In other related news, 3 pupils of Bukomero Junior primary school have perished in a fatal accident which occurred today morning at Bukomero town council in Kiboga district on their way to school.

The over speeding motor vehicle registration number UBD 455N from Kampala to Hoima lost control due to a mechanical problem and knocked dead 3 pupils who were on their way to school.

According to Nobert Ochom Wamala regional police spokesperson the deceased have been identified as.
– Ssentongo Moses male juvenile 13 years Bukomero A zone
– Icolidi Ssesangu male juvenile 10 years residents of Bukomero central.
– Lwanga Fred male juvenile 13 years resident of Kakuyu B.

He adds that Mukasa Paul 32 years a driver resident of Nansana in Wakiso district has been arrested and charged with causing a fatal accident.

The bodies have been taken to Bukomero health center iv for postmortem and vehicle impounded and parked at Bukomero police station in Kiboda district.

Accident kills one leaves several other injured on Kampala-Jinja Road

By Robert Segawa

One person has died and three others survived with severe injuries after three vehicles got involved in a road accident along Kampala -Jinja highway.

The accident happened after a trailer which that was carrying cement from Jinja side  trying to overtake other vehicles knocked Fuso lorry  from Lugazi side loaded to capacity of maize bags and another 3rd Tata lorry from Jinja rammed into them.

Israel Wambesyo the Sezibwa regional traffic police officer identified the deceased as John Kyangumya a turnman of Fuso registration UAQ 591T that was loaded with maize.

Wambesyo says those injured include Micheal Odoi a fuso driver, Hajj Nsamba the trailer driver and Aramanzani Mwase the driver of Tata lorry and are all receiving treatment at Kawolo hospital in Lugazi town council Buikwe district.

He says police is doing everything possible to remove car wreckage to enable free traffic flow.

Accident on Lira road claims lives and leave several others injured

By Robert Segawa

Seven people dead and twelve others injured in  a fatal accident that occurred at Kimantwe village in Nakasongola district along Kampala- Gulu highway on Sunday.

According to Kasumba Kigundu the district police commander Nakasongola district the accident involved three cars including taxi registration number UBC 068B semi trailer number UAP 262P and fuel truck UAT 699H.

Kigundu explains that  the driver of semi trailer who  was heading to Lira district rammed into taxi which was coming to Kampala as was trying to over take fuel tank.

He adds that 7 people died instantly including 2 drivers and minor police was yet to establish their identity as the bodies taken to Masindi for postmortem.

Kigundu adds that the injured rushed to Mulago hospital where they are receiving treatment.

Accident leaves several workers injured

By Moses Kidandi

38 workers at Karuma dam are nursing serious injuries following an accident in an under ground tunnel.

The incident occurred as a bus ferrying workers for night shift lost control when the car failed to break and hit the tunnel wall.

They were 38 people in the vehicle, 5 were  badly injured and 20 got minor injuries while the rest did not sustain any injuries.
According to management of  Uganda electricity distribution company there have not been any recorded fatalities and  the victims have been taken to Gulu Independent Hospital for medical attention.

Police searching for remains after nasty accident on Mbale-Tororo road

By Patricia Osman
Mbale Police are searching for the remains of unspecified number of people killed in a motor accident along Mbale-Tororo road last night when a Fuso truck lost control and hit the guard rails before plunging into a valley.

According to residents, several people aboard the Fuso truck were killed and police have since recovered the body parts of some of the victims while others are believed to be trapped under the truck.

Some of the body parts can be seen scattered all over the accident scene.

Police hunting for drivers who caused the deadly Masaka road accident

By Robert Segawa
Police has intensified the Fika Salama operations along major highways in the country following an accident on Sunday along Masaka -Kampala highway.
Speaking to journalists at police headquarters in Naguru on Monday, traffic police director Dr.Stephen Kasiima said they had relaxed on motorists but said they will now arrest any offender violating traffic regulations.
He said in the past police was concentrating on giving express penalties .
Kasiima also said the police is looking for the reckless drivers that caused the deadly accident left all occupants in Premio dead and 12 nursing injuries in Gombe hospital.
According to Kasiima this accident was caused by recklessness of the taxi driver identified as Moses Ssentongo who was over taking in wrong area.
He noted they have teamed up with an American based NGO so as to sensitize passengers in taxis and bus on their rights.

Fire brigade arrives without water to put off fire causing huge losses in Mukono fire

By Robert Ssegawa
Fire has gutted several buildings and kiosks in Kitega village Mukono district destroying property worth millions of shillings.
The Residents district commission Lt.David Matovu says the fire started at around 2 am from a charcoal stove which was left unattended to.
He says the fire destroyed shops selling furniture, Electrical appliances, bars and saloons. Fire fighters arrived at the scene later without water in the vehicles to put out the blaze.

Over loaded truck overturns and burns on Gulu highway

By Moses Kidandi
A Fuso truck  fully loaded with of charcoal has over turned along Gulu Kampala highway  halting traffic on the road.
The morning accident shocked witnesses as it happened on a flat stretch. The truck is said to have overturned and burned into ashes. A huge fire and thick cloud f smoke covered the area affecting the visibility of other road users.
Police however, says the truck must have lost control and largely blame the nasty accident on  over loading