Kitgum Traders Hold Requiem Mass For Tuesday Accident Victims

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Traders in Kitgum town held a requiem mass for two vendors who died in a road accident along Kitgum – Kidepo road Tuesday morning. The interdenominational prayers for the dead and injured were held at Kitgum Bus Park.

Traders in Kitgum town held a requiem mass for two vendors who died in a road accident along Kitgum – Kidepo road Tuesday morning.
 
The interdenominational prayers for the dead and injured were held at Kitgum Bus Park led by Rev. Fr Anthony Ocaya, the parish priest of Christ the King Catholic Church in Kitgum Tow Council.
 
Robert Otim, the Chairperson of Kitgum Owino Business Construction and Supply Company Limited said the prayers are being offered for the souls of the two people who died in the accident and the recovery of those injured.
 
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The accident killed Bosco Okidi, a General Merchandise dealer from Mucwini Sub County on the spot while Douglas Komakech, a footwear dealer died from Kitgum government hospital.
 
The FUSO lorry registration number UAN 725 S belonging to Owino Kitgum Business, Construction and supply Company Limited was ferry traders to a monthly market day in Orom sub county, 68 Kilometers East of Kitgum town.
 
According to Otim, the driver lost control as he negotiated a corner at Namokora trading center. He said the vehicle veered off the road, crashing road signs before overturning few meters away.
 
More than 40 people have been hospitalized at Kitgum Government hospital. Some have broken limbs while most injuries are body bruises on their arms and face.
 
Otim said the lorry was ferrying members of the company to a monthly market day in Orom sub county, 68 Kilometers East of Kitgum town.
 
Kilama Martin, one of the survivors told Uganda Radio Network from his hospital bed this morning that Okidi died on spot because the vehicle thrust him against the wall of a building at the trading center.
 
Charles Odongkene, the General Secretary of the company, said they are yet to establish the exact number of the injured. He said more than 70 people had boarded the lorry from Kitgum town.
 
Odeongkene apologized on behalf of his company for the accident and appealed for calm as insurance looks into the matter.
 
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Denis Ochama, Kitgum District Police Commander, said William Okello Ocuc alias Kat ki Mac, the driver of the Fuso lorry has been detained at Kitgum Central Police station.
 
He said Okello has a record of reckless driving. He is said to have led to the death of three people in a road accident in 2013.
 
David Okot, the finance secretary of Kitgum Owino Business Construction and supply company Limited said the vehicle is serviced regularly as faults emerge. He blamed the accident on bad driving, over loading and misunderstandings with a fellow driver who refused to allow Okello to overtake him three times before the accident.
 
The chairperson of the company said to improve safety, the Company will not hesitate to dismiss any reckless driver in future. He has also welcomed a move by Police to subject drivers in the district to fresh driving test.
 
Dr. Geoffrey Okello, the Medical Superintendent of Kitgum Hospital, said those admitted are getting full attention of medical workers. He said two critically injured were referred to Lacor on Tuesday evening.

 

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Peter Labeja
Peter Labeja has been a practicing journalist for the last 13 years during which he has covered part of the brutal conflict which bedeviled Northern Uganda as well as the painful transition to Peace thereafter. Emerging post conflict issues such as land rights of under privileged widows and orphans, challenges of access to social services in the immediate aftermath of Lord’s Resistance Army conflict in Northern Uganda.

Labeja is now the Northern Uganda Bureau chief in Acholi Sub Region since 2014 - Gulu, Amuru, Nwoya and Omoro districts as well as South Sudan falls within his areas of jurisdiction. He previously worked with The Vision Group for four years.

Labeja’s major career interests are in Climate Change; Agriculture and Environment - natural resources such as Water, Oil and Gas; Transitional Justice; Human Rights, Democracy and Governance as well as South Sudan’s humanitarian crisis. In 2013, Labeja was awarded a prestigious Pan African Journalism Award for excellence in journalism at United Nation’s UNEP headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya for Climate Change and Health Reporting.