Northern By-pass Accident: Victims Named, Bodaboda Riders Appeal For Help

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The riders of bodaboda motorcycles around Kampala City have issued an appeal to government to help provide assistance to their colleagues who were involved in a fatal accident at Namugoona, near the city last night.

The riders of bodaboda motorcycles around Kampala City have issued an appeal to government to help provide assistance to their colleagues who were involved in a fatal accident at Namugoona, near the city last night.
 
The accident occurred at 9:30pm on Saturday near the Hoima road round about along the northern by-pass. Kampala Metropolitan Police Commander, Andrew Felix Kaweesi said preliminary investigations indicate that an accident involving a fuel tanker and a Toyota Noah caused a fuel spillage and subsequent fire, which killed 33 people and injured more than 30 others. He said it’s believed that the victims had rushed to the scene of the accident to scoop fuel before they got trapped in the ensuring fire.
 
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And now bodaboda riders who appear to constitute a big percentage of the victims have issued an appeal to government to help provide help for their colleagues involved in the accident. At Old Kampala Police Station, remains of bodaboda motorcycles that got burnt in the fire has been heaped in the compound.
 
Henry Kayemba, the Chairman of the Bodaboda riders at Nansana Town Council says they are mobilizing support for their friends who died as well as those who sustained burns in the accident. He said that together with the leadership of the bodaboda riders from Central, Kawempe and Rubaga divisions, they are compiling a full list of those who died and got injured to help them ascertain how much assistance they require.
 
Kayemba added that whereas some of the victims were scooping fuel from the scene of the accident, others had only rushed to help the victims when they too died or got injured.
 
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Earlier, Kampala Metropolitan Police Commander, Andrew Felix Kaweesi warned against the habit of scooping fuel from tankers involved in accidents. He asked the public to instead watch out for and report incident such as fuel spillage, which may turn fatal if poorly managed.
 
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Meanwhile, traffic has remained cut off along the northern by-pass on the Kampala – Hoima road following the Saturday night accident. A team of police officer has remained deployed at the scene to manage the crowds of people and ensure safe evacuation of the fuel tanker that was burnt in the fire, which occurred after the accident. Kaweesi said they managed to save 30,000 litres from the burnt fuel tanker as well as another 50,000 litres of fuel from another tanker that was following the burnt vehicle. Both fuel tankers are still at the scene of the accident.
 
Police also issued a list of the injured victims who are admitted at Mulago hospital.
 
  1. Kamuregeya Ismail,
  2. Sharif Mohamed,  
  3. Sessanga Joel
  4. Kayiira Ashraf
  5. Nathan Mukasa
  6. Mugambe Sharif
  7. Kaketo Mansam
  8. Joseph Salo
  9. Matovu Ronald
  10. Suwed Nsubuga
  11. Gidudu Gowdin
  12. Sengendo Sadat
  13. Kaketo Mansur
  14. Mugamba John
  15. Jemba Gerald
  16. Batambulire Sekatembe Peter
  17. Senono Chrysostom
  18. Byambaki Charles
  19. Bareja Joseph
  20. Ngobi Robert
  21. Ssalongo Stanley
  22. Nsubuga Hussein
  23. Ssentongo Sadat
  24. Agubizibe Mohamed
  25. Serunjogi Godfrey
  26. Tibesigwa Nyanzi
  27. Kizza Asuman
  28. Serunkuma Patrick