Faridah-Nampiima-Masaka-Kampala highway accident kills 4 on Easter Sunday
The accident occurred around 8:15 pm on the night of Easter, according to traffic and road safety officer ASP Faridah Nampiima. PHOTO/URN

In the early hours of Easter Sunday, the social media was ablaze with the news of an accident that had left four people dead near Wamatovu in Katende, along the Masaka-Kampala highway.

Social media was on Easter Sunday awakened by news of an accident that left four dead following a fatal accident at Wamatovu in Katende, along the Masaka- Kampala highway.

The accident reportedly involved a motor vehicle registration number UBB 288W, a fuse box body, a motorcycle registration number UDG 002S Bajaj Boxer, and Premio Registration number UAV 137E. 

According to the police PRO Traffic and Road Safety, ASP Faridah Nampiima, the accident occurred at around 8:15 pm on the night of Easter.

“The Police at Wamatovu in Katende, along the Masaka- Kampala highway, yesterday 17th. April 2022, at around 20:15hrs, registered a fatal accident that claimed the lives of four people.”

“The accident involved motor vehicle reg no. UBB 288W a Fuso box body, a motorcycle reg no. UDG 002S Bajaj Boxer, and Premio Reg no UAV 137E,” Nampiima noted.

She said the deceased who are yet to be identified included one female adult, one female juvenile and two male adults including the rider. 

In addition, she said three other unknown victims were also rushed to various unknown clinics for medical attention.

Nampiima however, revealed that investigations are still underway to establish what caused the fatal accident. 

“The motorcycle and the premio involved have been towed and parked at Mpigi Police station as efforts to remove the Fuso box body that is loaded with cement is underway,” she added calling on road users to be cautious while driving.

“We continue to appeal to all drivers and road users traveling from upcountry back from Easter Holidays to drive with discipline on the road.”

Meanwhile, a recent traffic report from the police indicated that a total of 370 accidents occurred between April 3rd and 6th with 72 of them being fatal, 193 were serious and 105 were minor accidents.

According to ASP Faridah Nampiima the PRO Directorate of Traffic and Road Safety Uganda Police, there were 362 accident victims during this period and out of these, 86 people died while 276 sustained injuries.

As a result, she urged road users to take prompt caution and desist from exercise of reckless driving because this can easily result in further accidents.

The police also on Friday last week issued a warning to drivers that they won’t take lightly any form of bad driving during the short Easter holidays. 

According to SSP Claire Nabakka the deputy spokesperson of Uganda Police, Easter periods usually come with the potential for increased criminality, where opportunists and criminal elements target pedestrians, motorists, homes, passengers, and revellers among others, to attack, steal and rob from them.

“Much as our levels of vigilance and alertness have been heightened, at all major places of worship, entertainment and social events points, bus and taxi terminals, all VIP and security installations we wish to remind the public that safety is everyone’s job and responsibility,” SSP Nabakka said on Good Friday.