Three school children killed in road accident in central Uganda


Three school children were killed in a road accident on Thursday in the central Ugandan district of Kiboga, a police spokesman said.

Patrick Onyango, Uganda’s deputy police spokesperson, told Xinhua that the three pupils of Bukomero Junior Primary School died in the fatal accident after the driver of a speeding Toyota Harrier lost control at Bukomero town council along the Kampala-Hoima Highway at around 7 a.m. local time.

“The driver lost control due to a mechanical problem and knocked dead three pupils who were on their way to school,” said Onyango.

The spokesperson said the driver, identified as 32-year-old Paul Mukasa of Nansana in the central district of Wakiso, was arrested and charged with causing a fatal accident.

“Our officers have impounded the motor vehicle and parked it at Bukomero police station as inquiries are at hand,” said Onyango.

He said the bodies of the deceased pupils were taken to Bukomero health center pending postmortem.

The police warned drivers to avoid speeding and reckless driving, which are the major causes of road carnage in the east African country.

Uganda registers about 20,000 accidents each year, with some 2,000 deaths, making it one of the countries with the highest road traffic death rates, according to police figures. Enditem

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