Two Pilgrims Knocked Dead at Nsangi

Crashed bus. Photo Courtesy

An Isuzu bus belonging to Perfect Company has knocked dead to pilgrims at Nsangi along the Kampala-Masaka highway. The deceased are Oliva Nabakooza and Specioza Nambi from Makondo Parish, in Masaka Diocese.

Luke Owoyesigyire, the deputy Kampala metropolitan police spokesperson, said the incident happened in the wee hours of today morning at St Lawrence Nakati along the Kampala- Masaka highway. The killer bus has been identified as UAL 881Z.

“According to preliminary reports, the incident transpired at approximately 3:00 am. It is alleged that the driver of the UAL 881Z Isuzu bus, while traveling from the Nsangi direction on a slope, lost control of the vehicle, veering from his lane and tragically colliding with the two pilgrims,” Owoyesigyire said.

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Nabakooza and Nambi were heading to Namugongo catholic shrines to mark this year’s Martyrs’ Day that will take place on Saturday. Kyengera police responded to the scene of the accident, accompanied by officers from the Nsangi police station and the traffic team from the same stations.

The killer bus is still at the scene awaiting assistance from a professional breakdown service to facilitate its removal. Police said inquiries are underway to ascertain the full details and circumstances surrounding this tragic incident.

“The loss of Nabakooza Oliva and Nambi Specioza is a heartbreaking blow, particularly as they were on their way to join thousands of fellow faithful in commemorating the Martyrs Day celebrations, a significant event in the calendar of our beloved country. Their untimely demise is a profound loss not only for their families and loved ones but also for the wider community,” Owoyesigyire said.

Police have cautioned drivers and motorcyclists to be very careful as roads are filled with pilgrims trekking to Namugongo. Police have said some of these incidents are happening because of not adhering to rules and regulations.

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