After a fatal accident on Wednesday that claimed up to 20 lives, the government of Uganda has with immediate effect taken away a licence from Link Bus Service Company, instructing them to discontinue all further operations.
Through the Ministry of Works and Transport, Uganda has with immediate effect terminated the licence of Link Bus Service Company as a result of a fatal accident that took place on Wednesday, which claimed up to 20 lives.
In a statement confirming the news, the works and transport minister, Gen Katumba Wamala said the bus company will not be operating for the next two weeks to allow for investigations and further assessment of the bus company’s operations.
“In the Meantime, we have suspended the operations of link buses for a period of two weeks as we are carrying out an assessment of all his fleet plus the drivers to identify if there is something wrong with the fleet management,” Katumba’s statement read in part.
Meanwhile responding to the accident occasion yesterday, the Link Bus company managing director, Solomon Nsimire said they are yet to establish what caused the accident.
“It was devastating but we are also not yet sure about what caused this accident but when we find out the cause, we shall return and tell you,” Nsimire said yesterday.
The suspension comes after one of the company’s buses on Wednesday reportedly overturned on Fort Portal-Kyenjojo road. The bus, registration number UBA 003S was travelling from Fort Portal when suddenly the fatal accident happened.
A police statement indicated the accident occurred at around 10:30 am. According to the Traffic police spokesperson, Ms Faridah Nampiima, the territorial police in Kyenjojo responded and recovered 20 bodies with many others in sorrow state also rushed to nearby hospitals
“The territorial Police in Kyenjojo responded to a fatal accident which occurred this morning at around 10.30am, involving a link bus registration No UBA 003S that was traveling to Kampala from Fort Portal. It happened 2KMs from Fort Fortal city at a place called Sebitoli. Bodies of the deceased were also conveyed to the hospitals for postmortem,” Nampiima’s statement read in part.
In addition, she stated that of the 20 victims, 13 were adults including 11 males and 9 females while seven were juveniles. Nampiima further noted that more information about the deceased will be availed in due course.