NUP supporter perishes in Hoima campaign convoy accident

Man Jose Kayima

A National Unity Platform (NUP) supporter lost his life while 10 others sustained injuries in a road accident that occurred on Monday evening in Hoima district.

The incident took place as a convoy accompanying NUP president Robert Kyagulanyi, also known as Bobi Wine, was traveling to Kigorobya sub-county to attend a campaign rally.

Julius Hakiza, the spokesperson for the Albertine region police, confirmed the accident and identified the deceased as Norman Mugisa, a resident of Kiryatete.

According to Hakiza, Mugisa was struck by unknown vehicles and motorcycles within the convoy.

“At 5:30 pm, we received reports of a tragic incident where one person lost his life on the spot, and ten others sustained injuries. These individuals were part of the convoy heading to Kigorobya sub county to attend a campaign rally for NUP candidate Mr Moses Aguuda. The incident took place at Mumpuda along Hoima-Buliisa road,” Hakiza said.

He explained that the accident occurred at Mumpuda along the Hoima-Buliisa road. Mugisa, a technician from Buhimba town council in Kikuube district, was a passenger on one of the motorcycles involved. He unfortunately died at the scene.

The injured victims, whose identities are still being verified, were promptly taken to Hoima Regional Referral Hospital for medical treatment.

Hakiza said it is alleged that the motorcycle carrying Mugisa suddenly experienced brake failure in the middle of the road, causing other motorcycles following closely to collide with it. An unidentified vehicle with no license plate also had some parts damaged in the incident, he added.

The police spokesperson attributed the cause to reckless driving and speeding, noting they had earlier warned all drivers to prioritize safety and avoid speeding within convoys.

In response, the police have decided to take stricter measures like impounding recklessly driven vehicles and motorcycles. Hakiza urged the public to cooperate with law enforcement and report any information about the vehicles and motorcycles involved in the accident.

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