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ODPP apologises after two people knocked dead by its car in Lira

The wreckage of the ill-fated vehicle at the crash scene near Rima Primary School on the Lira-Soroti highway on May 20, 2024. PHOTO /COURTESY

Lira, (UG):- The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) Tuesday issued a public apology expressing concern over the fatal road crash in which one of its vehicles knocked two people dead along the Lira-Soroti highway on Monday afternoon.

DailyExpress on Monday identified the two victims as Ferdinand Otima, 25, and Raymond Ogwang, 66, are both residents of Aliri Village, Akalo Sub-county in Kole District.

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According to preliminary information obtained, the two victims were riding on a motorcycle along the Lira-Soroti highway when the vehicle registration number UG 1234J, a Toyota Hilux knocked them near Rima Primary School.

And now in a press statement released on Tuesday, May 21, Ms Jacquelyn Okui, the Public Relations Officer at ODPP acknowledged the accident and said the institution regrets the incident which took the lives of two people.

“The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) wishes to express its deepest regrets and sincerest apologies for the tragic motor vehicle accident that occurred yesterday the 20th May 2024, on the Lira-Soroti highway involving one of our motor vehicles,” Ms Okui stated on Tuesday afternoon.

“We are profoundly saddened by the loss of life of the two individuals who were riding the motorcycle and extend our heartfelt condolences to their families, loved ones, and community during this difficult time,” she added.

The ODPP spokesperson said they are devoted to providing the bereaved family with the necessary support during this difficult time and added that they’ll foot the medical bills of the two victims injured in the same accident.

“The ODPP further expresses its sincere concern for all those injured in the accident, including the pedestrian and passenger. We are committed to ensuring they receive the necessary medical attention and support throughout their recovery,” she said.

According to Ms Okui, ODDP recognizes that road safety is a collective responsibility and as such, they are taking definitive steps to prevent similar incidents in the future.

“The ODPP is working closely with the authorities to thoroughly investigate the incident and implement measures that prioritize the safety of all road users,” she emphasized.

“We assure the public of our dedication to upholding the highest standards of safety and accountability.”

The Office of the DPP is one of the few government institutions that have in the past admitted their mistakes and promised to rectify them.

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