Kakise Bus Knocks Student Dead

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Susan Akwii , an eye witness told URN that the accident occurred directly opposite Soroti Majestic Cinema Hall. She claims that the driver was driving at a high speed when he ran into the student.

A 13-year-old student of Soroti Senior secondary school was on Tuesday morning knocked dead by Kakise Bus in Soroti town.
The incident occurred at about 7:30 am when a speeding Kakise Bus registration number UAK  949V knocked a student dead opposite Soroti Cinema Hall.
 Juma Hassan Nyene, the police spokesperson East Kyoga region, identified the dead student as Joan Achom, a senior one student of Soroti Senior Secondary school.
Nyene told Uganda Radio Network that the deceased, a resident of Oderai ward in Soroti, was hit on the way as she rode her bicycle from home to school.
 Nyene said the Kakise bus was being driven by Patrick Ebong, a senior driver who was driving from their parking lot to the stage.
 He says they are yet to establish the real cause of the accident; they are still waiting for a report from Inspectorate of Vehicles in Soroti.
 Nyene  says this is the first time a bus has knocked anyone dead in the middle of the town.
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Susan Akwii , an eye witness told URN  that the accident occurred directly opposite  Soroti Majestic Cinema Hall. She claims that the driver was driving at a high speed when he ran into the student. 
Moses Akol, the father to the deceased, says that  his daughter  died on her way to Soroti Senior secondary school where she was a student.
He noted that, her daughter woke up in the morning prepared breakfast, washed plates, swept the compound before she met her fate.
Akol described his daughter as a bright and hardworking child who could help with house work without supervision.
 Jane Agwaro, the assistant Head teacher Soroti secondary school says Achom was in Senior one D.
Agwaro  noted that, Achom had only spent two weeks and she had already made many friends within the short period she was at school.
 James Okwii, well known as Opepo the Manger Kakise Bus Company told URN that, the company was deeply concerned and confirmed that they were going to meet all the burial expenses.
Opepo said after the post-mortem the relatives of the deceased and the company will meet discuss the way forward.
 By the time of filling this story the body was still in Soroti Regional Referral Hospital Mortuary.
The deceased will be buried in Agule village, Aciisa Parish, Kobuin Sub County in Ngora district.


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Salume Among
Salume Among is the Mbale URN bureau chief. Among has been a URN staff member since 2012.

Among started her career in 2000 as a freelance writer for Etop newspaper before starting to write for its mother paper, The New Vision. She also wrote for the Vision Group's XFM radio station from 2008 until she left to join URN.

Among has a keen interest in local politics having been a youth representative in the Soroti variously between 1996 and 2010. Among also regularly reports on health, education, the environment and sports.