Two Dead, 10 Admitted in Pader Road Accident

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In short
The two were traveling among 60 others on a Fuso lorry registration number UAK 936 T destined to Amwa Animal Market in Lira district. Ojara George, the brother to Okello Francis says his brother left for Amwa Animal Market in Lira with some goats and beans for sale. He said he would purchase some cows with the proceeds only to meet his death in Acholibur.

Two people died on the spot while ten others sustained various injuries in a road accident that happened in Acholibur Sub County in Pader district at about 9am Friday.
 
The deceased have been identified as 30 year old Okello Francis and Oryema Bosco, residents of Parwec and Pakumu villages in Ibakara parish of Kitgum Matidi Sub County in Kitgum district respectively. Their bodies were collected by relatives this afternoon for burial in Kitgum Matidi sub counties.
 
The two were traveling among 60 others on a Fuso lorry registration number UAK 936 T destined for Amwa Animal Market in Lira district. Ojara George, the brother to Okello Francis says his brother left for Amwa Animal Market in Lira with some goats and beans for sale. He said he would purchase some cows with the proceeds only to meet his death in Acholibur.
 
Those injured were rushed to Kitgum Main Hospital where ten people have been admitted with various injuries according to Kidaga Robin, the Kitgum Hospital Administrator.
 
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Lubangakene Thomas, one of the survivors, says the accident happened in Lagweno Lim village, in Acholibur Sub County the Fuso lorry began veering off the road.
 
Lubangakene who is a resident of corner Alango village in Kitgum Town Council says when the accident occurred he lost briefly consciousness.
 
He says the driver of the lorry informed them that the steering wheel of the lorry jammed causing him to lose control of the vehicle.
 
Lubangakene sustained bruises on his lips and limbs. At the time of filing this report, traffic Police from Pader district had arrived at Kitgum main hospital to record statements from the survivors.

 

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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.