Gaagaa bus Accident Death toll now hits 23

RIP: Jackson Agona above

DAILYNEWS UG Agona’s relatives were among the recipients of government’s Shs 3 million given to the survivors of the accident yesterday. Museveni directed that each of the survivors be paid Shs 3 million and families of the deceased Shs 5 million to help with the burial arrangements.

Gaagaa bus company also paid Shs 5 million to each of the 20 families of the deceased. The bus company did not pay the families of the tractor and truck drivers who also perished in the accident, claiming they were not their passengers.

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19 people died on the spot when the Kampala bound bus hit a tractor before colliding with an oncoming truck in Nanda village. Three people lost their lives moments later from Kiryandongo hospital where they’d been rushed for treatment – bringing the number of the dead to 22, now 23.

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Survivors still undergoing treatment at Nsambya hospital include Gloria Akullo, Robson Santos Okello, Jackline Apio, Malcolm Kabunga, Anthony Lauryn Odwe and a 9-year-old boy Nathan Mulangira. Others at Mulago hospital are Majid Kintu, Ruth Martha, David Mutebi, Abdu Sempijja, Joel Wasswa and Simon Ojok.

On Sunday government declared three days of national mourning, ordering for flags to fly at half mast. Over-speeding has been blamed as the cause of the accident.

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