At least four Kenyan Catholic pilgrims on a foot trek to the annual martyr’s commemoration in central Uganda were killed and seven others critically injured in a Sunday road accident in the eastern district of Luuka, a police spokesperson said.
James Mubi, Busoga East police spokesperson, told Xinhua by phone that two people died on spot and two others in hospital after a driver of a commuter taxi from the opposite direction lost control and rammed into a group of about 100 pilgrims on trek from Kenya to Uganda at Bulaga, along Jinja-Iganga highway.
The pilgrims were on trek to Uganda Martyrs Catholic Shrine Namugongo, where on June 3 every year, a commemoration is held of more than 20 Catholic and Anglican martyrs who were burnt alive in June 1886.
“The cause of the accident was reckless driving on the side of driver of the commuter taxi. It was raining heavily, so there was poor vision and that is how he ended up ramming into the Kenyan pilgrims,” said Mubi.
Thousands of Christian pilgrims from Uganda and other East African countries usually trek to the Shrine on this occasion each year. Enditem