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Black Friday for Ndejje students

On Friday last week, pictures of three former students of Ndejje Secondary School who died in a motor accident surfaced on social media, triggering outpourings of grief.

Shortly after, a video the boys had recorded while inside the ill-fated Toyota Brevis which rammed into an Isuzu Forward tipper truck parked along the Kampala-Gulu highway near Bombo, surfaced too. The short video shows the boys in high spirits en route to Ndejje to pick their Uganda Certificate of Education results.

A screenshot from the video that the boys recorded before the accident

A fourth victim of the crash fought for his life until slightly after 2pm yesterday at Nakasero hospital. JONATHAN KAMOGA spoke to the families about this terrible loss of lives so young.

Vincent Male

When Vincent Male set foot out of his home last Friday to pick his S4 results, he never thought it would be the last time he would be alive. Having passed highly with 14 points, Male wanted to pick his results in style and so he contacted a group of friends to travel with if he got a car.

Male had unsuccessfully asked to use his mother’s car. But she turned him down, warning that if he insisted on driving, she might have no option other than picking the results herself and out she went.

“I wasn’t home when he left but all I know is that he was told not to drive,” his brother says. “We don’t know where they got that car from because it is not a home car.”

Male was the boy driving the vehicle in the video. His mother who had made up her mind to go to the school and pick results received the shocking news as soon as she reached Ndejje.

Male was among the school’s best students. His brother remembers him as a bright student who always made their parents proud.

“He was good at technology and computers. He wanted to do a course in that line or engineering. What I recall about him is that he was an understanding young man,” the brother says.

Timothy Njogera

Also on Friday, February 9, Timothy Njogera was leaving home at about 7:30am after being given money for transport to use public means.

Njogera, a son of Pastor Henry Minana of Mbuya Pentecostal church, suffered a head injury and was fighting for his life in the intensive care unit of Nakasero hospital until Tuesday, February 13 when he died.

Police had earlier reported that all the four boys in the vehicle had died, but Timothy hung on though in critical condition.

“He told us he was going to pick his results and we gave him transport [money]. He mentioned that he was going to link up with his friends. Our clear understanding was that they were going to use public means,” Minana said.

At about 12:30pm, he said his wife received a call from another parent who informed them about the accident. At this point, they thought their son was dead and procured an ambulance to pick the body from Bombo Military hospital. However, on reaching there, they were surprised to find him alive.

“I drove him to Nsambya [hospital] in my car and the ambulance found us along the way. When we reached Nsambya, they told us he needed intensive care and yet theirs was full; so, we opted for Nakasero. We haven’t left this place since then,” Minana said.

The young man who scored aggregate 29 has always wanted to be a lawyer, a mutual wish between him and his father.

“Hopefully, God saves him like he has saved him these past days so that he continues to pursue his dream of becoming a lawyer,” Minana said.

But God called Timothy home yesterday. The young man died in the afternoon, ending days of faint hope for the distressed family.

Comments

0 #1 Kamya 2018-02-14 16:32
What about the other two boys in the rear seat? No mention?
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0 #2 mpambo isaac 2018-02-14 17:55
very sad news indeed! for d loss of such promising young men but parents shd alwz try to get every details wenever their children go out.

May their souls R.I.P
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0 #3 rubangakene 2018-02-14 22:04
This confirms the mantra that education is not about being clever in passing exams, rather it is the deliberate nurture of the whole individual; mind and body and how they relate to their friends and the wider society irrespective of backgrounds.

These start at home and continue as they grow into adults. Still in the present Uganda, the media, Facebook, twitter and the like seem to be the leading "culprit".
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