KAMPALA, UGANDA: President Museveni directed that Shs5m be paid to the four families who lost their children when a sino-truck rammed into a classroom block at Kasaka Secondary school in Gomba district on Tuesday afternoon.
Mr Museveni also directed that Shs 1 million be paid to each family of the 14 students who sustained injured in the accident.
The President made the remarks while addressing a Special Parliamentary Plenary at Kololo Ceremonial Grounds on Thursday afternoon.
Museveni to enforce the directive said he had instructed the State House Controller to ensure the compensation is effected, and further tasked the Prime Minister and the Attorney General to get in touch with the families of the deceased and those injured to ensure that the truck owners compensate them
The accident that happened on Tuesday, March 14, saw a truck registration number, UBL 790J lose control and crash into a classroom block at Kasaka Secondary School in Kanoni Town Council, Gomba District.
Traffic Police spokesperson, ASP Faridah Nampiima, noted that the Sino truck driver allegedly lost control and rammed into the school fence, proceeding through to the school computer lab that was occupied by students causing fatalities.
She said the ill-fated truck was impounded and the truck driver identified as Abdallah, 26, was arrested.
According to the 2022 annual police crime report, there was a 35 per cent increase in common traffic offences registered country wide. In 2021, 336,722 traffic cases were registered while 456,993 cases were recorded in 2022.
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