Kasese to Build Memorial For Accident Victims

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Kasese Municipal council is considering erecting a monument at the spot where the remains of the July 2002 Bus accident victims were buried.

Kasese Municipal council is considering erecting a monument at the spot where the remains of the July 2002 Bus accident victims were buried.

Tragedy befell Kasese district on July 17th 2002 when about 70 people perished in a fire that engulfed a bus belonging to SB coaches, shortly after a head-on collision with a fuel tanker near Rutoto trading centre along the Kasese-Mbarara Highway.

The victims were buried in a mass grave at the Kasese Catholic Diocese cemetery on July 18th 2002 following a requiem mass at the Ruwenzori Square.

Only one victim, Samuel Tibara, was buried at his ancestral home in Mahango because his family was able to identify his remains. 

In the Municipal Council sitting on Thursday, the councilor for Railway Ward, Didas Baluku, said that constructing a historical monument at the mass grave will be paying tribute to the victims and raising awareness on road safety. He read to council the names of those buried in the mass grave.

Baluku also proposed to council that July 17th of every year be declared a day to remember the accident victims.

The motion was seconded by the municipal councilor for Nyakasanga II ward Selvester Tumusiime.

The motion was, however, referred to the social services committee to discuss the matter and then recommend to council whether to approve it at the next sitting next year.

Joel Muhindo, a relative of one of the victims, commended the municipal council for tabling such a motion that is meant to honour the dead.
According to the annual traffic police statistics, up to 3,000 die in road accidents each year.

At least 1,500 people were killed in road accidents in the first six months of this year, according to the Police Bi-Annual Traffic Accident Report 2012.