Five family members have perished in a road accident along the Iganga-Tirinyi-Mbale highway in eastern Uganda.
The victims who set off their journey from Bugembe ward in Jinja city were heading for the burial of a distant relative in Budaka district. The accident occurred at Jaruko trading centre in Namutumba district.
The family members who are named as Mariam Musenero, Nasiru Musenero, Madina Sabano, Sula Kungu and Khalifa Waira were driving a Subaru vehicle registration number, UBE 360N which rammed into a wheel loader attached to road construction firm, Dott Services registration number; UAX 635Q.
It is alleged that the Subaru driver was speeding when he eventually rammed into a wheel loader which was being used to implement road works along the Mbale-Tirinyi highway. Sumini Namukose, the deceased's relative says that she received the news about their death at 4:00 pm.
“A policeman called to inform me about their death and he claimed that they were speeding but declined to divulge details arguing that a formal report will be handed over to us before burial,” she says.
Busoga East police spokesperson, James Mubi confirms the incident adding that the bodies of the deceased have been taken to Iganga general hospital mortuary awaiting postmortem.
Mubi adds that police authorities are coordinating with other deceased persons' relatives to ensure that, autopsy procedures are conducted before handing them over for burial.