Newlywed Couple Perishes In Kyegegwa Accident

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Sedrack Webale aged 28 and Grace Namatovu 24, were wedded on Saturday at Kaihura Church of Uganda in Kyenjojo district, shortly after holding their traditional marriage on the same day. The couple then hosted their guests to a reception at their home in Buhisi Village, Nyantungo Sub County.

A newlywed couple is among the passengers who perished in a road accident in Kyegegwa district.

The accident which claimed five lives occurred this afternoon at Migongwe in Kakabara Sub County along the Fort Portal-Kampala highway.

Sedrack Webale aged 28 and Grace Namatovu 24, were wedded on Saturday at Kaihura Church of Uganda in Kyenjojo district, shortly after holding their traditional marriage on the same day. The couple then hosted their guests to a reception at their home in Buhisi Village, Nyantungo Sub County. 

Until his death Webale was working with Uganda Prisons Service, based in Kyenjojo district.

According to James Mugenyi, the Tooro Kingdom Youth Minister, who is a brother to Webale, the deceased was travelling to Kampala with his wife for their honeymoon.

Mugenyi, speaking in a sombre mood, says that he spoke to his brother on Monday night and he sounded excited about the honeymoon. Mugenyi also says that he spoke to Namatovu, who thanked him and other relatives for successfully organising their wedding. 

According to Lillian Kemigisa, a friend to Namatovu, the deceased has been working at Bringing Hope to the Family, a local Non-Governmental Organisation that looks after disadvantaged children in Kyenjojo district.

Kemigisa says that Namatovu, who was a total orphan has been working at the organisation for more than five years as a counselor.

Faith Philo Kunihira, the Director of Bringing Hope to the Family, finds herself in between two extremes after the accident. Only on Saturday, she posted on her Facebook Wall photos of the couple's traditional and church wedding with the message: "It's another day!! Hallelujah! My daughter Grace Namatovu Ateenyi introduced and wedded on the same day. It's been a week of joy and celebration."

Today, just three days later, she had to post again, this time celebration turning into sadness: "This is a day of sadness and unspeakable pain. Death of my daughter Grace and her husband Sedrack who perished this morning in a car accident. The couple wedded this Saturday and died today. May God help me understand this season. It hurts."

Kunihira took care of Namatovu from when she was a child and was like a mother to her. Even the traditional marriage ceremony took place at Kunihira's home.

Benon Byamukama, the Kyegegwa District Police Commander, says that the accident was triggered by a tyre burst, forcing the driver to lose control. 

Five injured passengers are admitted at Kyenjojo Health Centre IV and Kyegegwa Health Centre III.

 

About the author

Emmanuel Kajubu
Emmanuel Kajubu is proud to have been the first Ugandan journalist to write in depth pieces about the Tooro Kingdom institution. His knowledge of the inner workings of the Tooro Kingdom is what made him privy to the splits in the royal family. These splits almost challenged Tooro Omukama Oyo Nyimba Iguru's reign.

Culture, agriculture and the environment are just two areas of many of interest to Kajubu. As long as he has held a pen, Kajubu has also written about public policy, health and crime.

Kajubu is keen on impacting his society not just as a writer but also a trainer and mentor. Bundibugyo and Ntoroko districts fall under his docket. Kajubu has been a URN staff member since 2008.