PAKWACH, UGANDA: The former Member of Parliament for Eruto North County in Lira district, Charles Angiro Gutomoi has died in a road accident, DailyExpress can confirm.
The former legislator perished in a Saturday morning crash that occurred at Ayago along Karuma-Olwiyo-Pakwach-Nebbi road after the driver of the car they were driving in lost control before it overturned several times.
Gumotoi and three other people travelling in the Toyota Noah vehicle for a traditional ceremony in Nebbi Municipality died on the spot while the survivors were evacuated with injuries and rushed to a nearby medical centre for treatment
“The three died on the spot and others who are injured have been rushed for treatment at a nearby health centre in Nwoya District. I haven’t confirmed how many people the vehicle was carrying at the moment and the type of vehicle they were travelling in,” said Mr Robert Abak, the Nebbi Resident District Commissioner.
This was the second time Gutumoi was involved in a similar accident.
In 2018, Gutumoi was travelling in a Toyota Noah registration number UAV 089G from Lira to Kampala, which reportedly collided with a lorry registration number UAJ 730U. He was rushed to Kiryandongo Hospital with a fractured right leg.
At that time, first responders reported that Gutumoi had survived death by a whisker. However, this time, Gutumoi was not lucky.
Gutomoi was the Awitong clan head of the Onywal Ipyeda clan and the former MP for Erute North constituency in the 10th Parliament.
The accident comes at a time when the country is struggling to come to terms with the death of grain billionaire Apollo Nyegamahe in a road accident in Itojo, Ntungamo District, on Thursday night.
According to the Annual Crime Report 2022, the country registered 20,394 cases of road accidents in 2022, compared to 17,443 cases registered the previous year. This means 22 people die out of every 100 crashes, while 61 per cent of all accidents were the result of reckless driving according to police.
To curb the accidents, the police said they had resorted to enforcement of traffic laws and regulations through targeted operations, targeting motorcycle taxis and other risk factors such as speeding and drunk driving.