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Link bus catches fire at Wakaliga traffic lights

The Link bus that caught fire

The Link bus that caught fire

Days after government lifted the suspension of activities of Link Bus, another of the company's coaches has been involved in yet another de trop safety situation. A Kampala-bound Scania bus registration number, UBD 269A that was returning from Kasese caught fire at around 10.00pm at Wakaliga traffic lights in Kampala.

Luke Owoyesigyire, the deputy Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson, said that "Our fire prevention and rescue services officers responded on time, fortunately, the fire had been extinguished by other first responders using a nearby fire extinguisher, water, and sand." According to Owoyesigyire, all the passengers escaped unhurt and no properties were lost.

He explained that preliminary police investigations attribute the fire to a short circuit in one of the headlamps. About two weeks ago, the ministry of Works halted the operations of Link buses following a lone accident that claimed 21 people and left several others with injuries involving link bus registration number, UBA 003S.

The bus overturned at Ssebitoli, two kilometers from Fort portal city along the Fort Portal-Kyenjonjo road. While lifting the suspension, the minister of Works and Transport, Gen Edward Katumba Wamala, said that they had fully inspected the buses and found them fit to resume operations.

However, police say that the bus that caught fire yesterday didn't have fire extinguishers on board.

"Our officers from the fire prevention and rescue services have noted that the bus had no fire extinguisher of its own. We advise all bus operators to have the fire extinguishers in place in case of a fire emergency," Owoyesigyire noted.    

The 2021 crime report by the Directorate of Fire and Rescue services indicates that 1,258 fire incidents were registered compared to 1,013 fires recorded in 2020. Police attributed 272 incidents to negligence and another 186 short-circuiting. 

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+1 #1 Lakwena 2022-05-19 10:17
In other words, Link is hurtling down the lane of Gagga Bus Co. Curse!
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+2 #2 WADADA rogers 2022-05-19 10:54
Is it yet another human error like katumba told the nation the other day or the buses were imported DMCs
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+2 #3 WADADA rogers 2022-05-19 13:54
There was elgon flyer, Teso Coach, Ggaga and now link, i think the bus business has seasons in which to flourish and then collapse. It is only gate way that has survived the test of time
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+1 #4 kabayekka 2022-05-19 14:03
When one looks at these public transport vehicles, it is very clear indeed that the public risk their lives to travelling in such vehicles.

In most countries, life and vehicle insurance payments from such questionable accidents are astronomical.

It is a real deterrent from such small time transporters(business crooks) who continue playing about with people's lives in African countries where even the most powerful in government own such scrape yard vehicles.

These rich owners are the ones who are preventing any safe and modern mass transportation to develop in this country.

Here in this country, it seems the dead are quickly buried and it is back to normal business as usual! And the URA continues in its pursuant to gain big money from such murderous business enterprise.
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+2 #5 rubangakene 2022-05-20 00:24
This transport docket is very complicated for this present Minister. He should be replaced temporarily by a transport specialist from our many Universities so that things are streamlined.

You see, being a minister is not about signatures, so to speak; it invoves background knowledge or other transferable skills (which unfortunately this guy doesn't have). Next time it will be an aircraft lost, at this rate!
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