Northern By-pass Fire: Relatives Gather At Mulago Mortuary, Death Toll Rises To 31

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Relatives and friends are gathering at Mulago Hospital Mortuary hoping to identify bodies of the victims of the Northern By-pass accident. The number of dead has now risen from 27 to 31 after four more people were confirmed dead at Mulago hospital.

Relatives and friends are gathering at Mulago Hospital Mortuary hoping to identify bodies of the victims of the Northern By-pass accident.
 
The number of dead has now risen from 27 to 31 after four more people were confirmed dead at Mulago hospital.
 
Police had earlier confirmed at least 27 people dead in the accident which occurred on Saturday night, when a fuel tanker collided head-on with another vehicle before overturning and catching fire. At the time of the fire, an unspecified number of people, mostly boda boda cyclists, had gathered at the accident scene to siphon fuel from the tanker.
 
Hashim Kasinga, the Officer in Charge Mulago Police Post, says 29 bodies are currently in the mortuary, while 29 severely burnt survivors are admitted in Ward 3B of the hospital.
 
Kasinga says the police are now trying to put in place systems on how to allow relatives identify the bodies. He cautioned people to be strong noting that most of the bodies are burnt beyond recognition. For those who may not identify the victims, Kasinga says officials from the Government Analytical Laboratory are at the hospital to carry out DNA tests.
 
Some of the dead include Sylvia Nakanjako, wife to Abdul Kamoga from Ganda in Nansana. Nakanjako, a mother of four, was selling roasted maize and plantain at the time of the accident. Others are Alex Muluya and John Ntale, both boda boda cyclists at Lubigi state along Northern By-pass. Samson Ndugga, a turn-boy of a fuel tanker and a resident of Kibumbiro in Busega, Fred Kasozi, a builder from Najjera and Emmanuel Mwanje, a boda boda cyclist from Namungona are also dead.
 
The other victims are Magala and Katamba, brothers who hail from Namungona, and Herbert Byamukama, a resident of Nabweru Sub County.

Some of those admitted at Mulago with severe burns include Sadat Ssentongo, Ssali Joseph, Peter Ssekalembe, Hussein Nsubuga, Ismail Kamulegeya, and David Batambulira. Others are Patrick Sserunkuuma, Charles Biyinzika, Moses Kayira, Ashraf Kayira, Rashid Okello, Moses Tibesigwa, Joseph Ssessanga, Christine Ssemono, and Ronald Matovu among others.
 
According to Kampala Metropolitan police spokesperson Ibin Senkumbi 27 bodies were pulled from the accident scene near the Hoima Road Round-about after the accident which occurred at about 10pm on Saturday. The police spokesperson however says it is hard to establish the actual number of injuries since those with minor injuries ran away from the scene.

A URN reporter at Mulago Hospital says at least 29 people are admitted there with severe burns all over their bodies. At least two doctors and a team of nurses are attending to the injured, most of them men.
 
Senkumbi suspects the fire to have been started by one of the boda boda cyclists who had rushed to siphon fuel from the tanker after it had overturned following a head-on collision with a Toyota Ipsum. The cyclist, according to Senkumbi, was trying to get away after siphoning fuel but when he started his engine it started the fire.
 
Shortly after the accident, State House issued a statement from President Yoweri Museveni, who was in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania participating in the Smart Partnership International Dialogue. In the statement, the president said he had learnt with great shock of the tragedy “in which vehicles have been burnt by a fuel tanker at Namungona causing loss of lives.” The statement added that the president was closely monitoring efforts of the “Police and Health workers at the scene."