SEMBABULE, UGANDA: Residents of Bulakati-Nyangi in Sembabule were on Christmas engulfed in tears after a speeding truck rammed into a happy crowd leaving two dead on spot and five others admitted in critical condition.
The deceased have been identified as Winnie Naluswaata, 20, who was said to be pregnant, and her brother Brain Lugemwa, aged 9 years.
According to eyewitnesses, the truck of Registration Number UAN 370 J veered off the road and rammed into the crowd. Lugemwa and Naluswaata’s heads were crushed while others sustained broken limbs.
The driver managed to escape from the scene shortly after the accident. The injured were rushed to Baamu Hospital in Mateete town where they are receiving special attention. Deo Simbwa, the deceaseds’ relative, says the bodies were taken for a postmortem after which they will be buried at their ancestral home in Bulakati.
Muhammad Nsubuga, the Southern Regional Police spokesperson, confirmed the incident saying they are still looking for the driver as investigations continue.
Meanwhile, Police in Kibuku district are hunting for unknown assailants behind the murder of a businesswoman and injuring her five-year-old son.
Immaculate Alaso, the Bukedi North Region Police spokesperson, says that assailants killed Alice Kawanasa, 32, a businesswoman in Kibuku town on Christmas eve on her way home from work.
Kawanasa, resident of Bulyampiti village, Kasocha Parish in Kabweri Sub-County is said to have left work place in Banda Trading centre around 10 pm together with her son and a male friend identified as Robert Kanene.
Preliminary police findings show that the assailants hacked the deceased with a sharp object around the neck killing her instantly. The attackers also cut Kawanasa’s child who is currently nursing injuries at Budaka Health Center IV.
Alaso says that police have launched a manhunt for the assailants. She says that the deceased’s male who she was moving with abandoned his shirt at the murder scene is still at large.