Gunfire Rocks Hoima as Residents Protest Delayed Removal of Carcasses along Hoima-Kampala Road


Pater Abanabasazi


Bodies of Hoima Accident victima at Kiribanywa on Hoima-Kampala road (1)Gun fire and teargas rocked Hoima-Kampala road on Wednesday as residents protested delay by police to remove the bodies’ accident victim trapped under the vehicle wreckage.

This come after five people died on spot on Tuesday evening at around 7: am after a trailer fell on them to death at Kiribanywa Bridge on the Hoima-Kampala road in Butema Sub county Hoima district.

Hoima District Traffic Officer, Stephen Muhoozi says the accident occurred when the trailer registration number UAD 214Q loaded with tea from Bugambe tea factory failed to negotiate a corner on its way to Kampala.

A motorcyclist carrying two passengers and a bicycle rider were trying to overtake the trailer at the time when the vehicle fell on them.

Two of the deceased have been only identified as Jane and her daughter Desire while three of victims’ identities are yet to be established; as the bodies remain trapped under wreckage. Traffic Officer Muhoozi says the police breakdown cannot lift away the heavy trailer.

He told GMEAP on Wednesday morning that police had sent for a crane lifter from Kampala to carry away the wreckage. However at the time of filling the story, the crane had not arrived.

The delay angered residents and they accuse police of incompetence and they barricaded the Kampala high way with stone and sticks paralyzing transport for more than one hour.Buses and vehicles stranded along Hoima Kampala road at the road was blocked

James Asaba,one of the protesters wondered how police could take ages to remove the bodies. He threatened to remobilize residents and have the wreckage burnt, if it’s not removed by end of day.

Annette Asiimwe another protester claimed that delayed picking of the bodies is violation of the deceased right to a peaceful rest.

However this forced anti-riot police to fire bullets air and teargas to disperse the protesters who barricade the road.

By press time at 3: PM on Wednesday, our reporter visited the accident scene only saw the victims’ protruding hands and legs and crane had not arrived

Police blames the accident on reckless ridding by the cyclists, who tried to overtake in the corner.Meanwhile police has tightly deployed at the accident scene in view of the resident’s anger.