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Details emerge on accident that claimed Faruk Kirunda’s wife, police speak out

The lorry truck which collided with Ms Aliyinza's car, killing them on the spot on Thursday evening

Luuka, (UG):- As the territorial police in Luuka District continue to investigate the cause of the fatal accident which claimed Ms Gladys Aliyinza, the wife of Hajj Faruk Kirunda, the Deputy Presidential Press Secretary, fresh details have emerged including the burial details and ancestral village where she will be laid to rest.

Aliyinza, 34, who formerly contested for the position of Luuka District Woman Member of Parliament in the 2021 elections perished alongside her political assistant Yufus Biita, who was also the LCII Vice chairman for Kirimwa Parish in Bukooma Sub-county.

The incident occurred at Nawansega cell, Nawansega Ward,  Bukova Town council in Luuka District and Kasadha said; “Biita died on the spot, and attempts to have Aliyinza’s life saved did not yield as she died on the way to  Musana Hospital in Kaliro District.” 

A police statement released last evening indicated that Kirunda’s wife Aliyinza, who was a resident of Lambala village, Irongo parish, Irongo sub-county, Luuka District, and Biita of Kirimwa, Bukooma Sub-county in Luuka district were travelling in a double cabin before colliding head-on with a sugarcane lorry on Thursday evening.

“The duo were travelling in silver grey Isuzu, double cabin  Reg no UG4654 which had a head-on collision with a sugarcane loaded lorry Reg.No. UAU 073G,” ASP Michael Kasadha, the Busoga North police spokesperson said in a statement.

Preliminary police findings suggest that the truck which was loaded with sugarcane and travelling from Kaliro side was sloping before colliding with the climbing double cabin Isuzu registration number UG 4654C coming from the opposite direction and it overturned several times.

“Initial findings indicate that today Thursday the 27/06/2024 at around 04:30 the truck Reg no. UAU 073 G loaded with sugarcane from Kaliro side, was sloping and it collided with climbing double cabin Isuzu Reg No. UG 4654C from the opposite direction before overturning several times,” Kasadha added.

ASP Kasadha says traffic responded to the scene together with the District police commander and assessed that, at the point of collision, a slight bend might have contributed to the crash.

DailyExpress understands that Biita’s body was conveyed to Kiyunga Health Centre IV for postmortem, while that of his principal (Ms Aliyinza) was still at Musana Community Hospital in Kaliro District for the same.

ASP Kasadha told this publication that the drivers of both vehicles were still at large and the hunt was ongoing to have them apprehended.

“The drivers of both vehicles are on the run. The hunt is on to have them apprehended and further inquiries are ongoing,” Kasadha said.

Burial Program out

Hajj Kirunda, in another post via his official X handle, revealed the burial of his beloved wife Ms Gladys Aliyinza shall take place on Sunday, June 30, 2024, at Lambala village, Irongo sub-county in Luuka district with programs starting at 11 am.

A source close to the bereaved family told DailyExpress that Ms Aliyinza is survived by three children, whom she sired from the Deputy Presidential Press Secretary.

We have also learnt that Biita Yusuf Bameka, who was also the personal assistant to the chairman of Uganda Muslim Supreme Council (UMSC) and also Busoga’s first deputy premier Al-hajj Prof. Dr Muhamadi Lubega Kisambira will be laid to rest today, Friday June 28, at Kirimwa village, Bukooma sub-county in Luuka district.

“Salaam aleikum warahmatulah wabarakatuh. With deep sorrow, I announce the death of my personal assistant, the now late Bameka Yusuf Biita who perished in an accident today. Burial will take place today at 4 pm at Kirimwa village, Bukooma Subcounty Luuka district. InaliLlahi wainna ileyhi rajioon,” Prof. Dr. Lubega said in a social media post.

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