The accident claimed 22 lives and 15 others nursing injuries. The 22 were killed when a Kampala bound bus registration number UAK 562L hit the rear of a tractor before colliding with an oncoming truck in Nanda village, 12 kilometres from Karuma township in Mutunda sub-county.
Gaagaa manager Umar Babu told URN today, Monday that the families of the deceased have been given Shs 3 million each to cater for burial arrangements. He said the money has already been handed to the families.
He made the revelation as Christians gathered at Akii Bua stadium in Lira town for a requiem mass organized by Lira Elders Fellowship, an association that brings together all the religious leaders in the region. The company also mobilised about Shs 17 million to support the families of the injured thereafter. Babu says they are closely monitoring those admitted at Nsambya and Mulago hospitals.
Lira Municipality member of parliament, Jimmy Akena, welcomed the decision by the Gaagaa describing it as a positive gesture. He, however, cautioned them against making a return journey and presenting mechanically dangerous buses.
Earlier in the day, President Yoweri Museveni on Monday also delivered his pledge to the families of the 22 people who were killed in the accident. The president promised each of the 15 survivors Shs 3 million and Shs 5 million to the families of the dead, a promise he delivered on today.
The president, through his State House comptroller Lucy Nakyobe, visited the injured, six in Mulago hospital, and seven in Nsambya hospital to deliver the cash.