7 Injured In Moroto Road Accident

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At least seven people were on Wednesday admitted in Moroto Referral Hospital in critical condition following an accident at Acholi-Inn in Moroto district.

At least seven people were on Wednesday admitted in Moroto Referral Hospital in critical condition following an accident at Acholi-Inn in Moroto district.

The accident occurred one kilometre North of Moroto town along Moroto-Kenya road.

Police sources say a Fuso-Tipper Lorry registration number UAN 928E was heading to Rupa village to collect bricks with seven labourers on board. The victims have been identified as Godfrey Ogwang, a driver, Simon Ogwang, John Amodoi and Ligoi Nangiro. Others are Mariko Lotyang, Lolem Kiyonga and another person whose names were not readily available.

Irene Aceng, the Karamoja Police spokesperson, cautions drivers against over-speeding. She adds that the driver will be tasked to explain the circumstances under which the accident occurred.

Joseph Otita, a local leader in the area and an eye witness, attributes the accident to reckless driving. He adds that the lorry lost control swerving several times before it overturned. He notes that the roads in the sub region are in a poor state. He appeals to the police to deploy more traffic officers in Karamoja.

Nahaman Ojwee, the Resident District Commissioner Moroto, advises the drivers to avoid drink-driving saying most drivers have lost lives as result of alcoholism. He asks the drivers to respect the traffic rules while on the road. He notes that in the future the police should hold meetings with the drivers to sensitise some of them who have learnt driving in Karamoja.

In the last one year, Moroto district has registered 8 accidents that have involved vehicles rolling as a result of careless driving on the badly corrugated roads.

 

About the author

Olandason Wanyama
Olandason Wanyama is the Karamoja region bureau chief. Amudat, Nakapiripirit, Moroto, Abim, Kotido and Kaabong districts fall under his docket. Wanyama has been a URN staff member since 2012.

The former teacher boasts of 20 years journalism experience. Wanyama started out as a freelance writer for the Daily Monitor newspaper in 1991 in Entebbe. Wanyama also wrote for the army publication Tarehe Sita, the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) magazine and The New Vision. While not on the beat, Wanyama taught child soldiers at Uganda Airforce School-Katabi.

Wanyama is very interested in conflict reporting, climate change, education, health and business reporting. He is also an avid photographic chronicler of vanishing tribal life in the East African region.