Government declares three days of national mourning

President Yoweri Museveni has ordered three days of national mourning for the 22 people that died from the Friday night accident at Nanda village in Kiryandongo district.

According to a statement released by the Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda, flags at all government offices will fly at half- mast with effect from Sunday, May 27.

Government will also give each of the families of the 22 victims Shs 5 million to support burial arrangements while the injured who are still in hospital will each get Shs 3 million.

Below is the Prime Minister’s statement in full.

Government expresses condolences to the families that lost their loved ones, and those who sustained injuries in the tragic accident involving a Gaaga Bus, a tractor and a lorry at Nanda Village, Kiryandongo District on Friday 25th May 2018.

The current death toll stands at 22 people, while others who were injured are being treated. Others have been discharged.

On the directive of HE President Museveni, Government is:
1. Declaring three (03) days of National Mourning starting today, Sunday 27th May 2018. During these 3 days, all flags on public buildings will fly at half mast.
2. Contributing Shs 5 million per victim to the families that lost their loved ones to assist in burial arrangements.
3. Will contribute Shs 3 million per person to those who were seriously injured and are undergoing treatment.

Following the accident, the President ordered the UPDF to avail a helicopter for the serious cases that needed to be airlifted for specialized treatment.

While we await a detailed report from the police, initial investigations point to speeding and vehicles in faulty mechanical conditions as the cause of the accident.

The traffic police must step up vigilance on the roads, especially ensuring that vehicles that are not roadworthy are not on the roads. Speed limits must also be observed.

We also appeal to motorists to drive carefully and be disciplined on the roads. Even without the police, passengers should prevail over errant drivers.

We salute members of the public who supported rescue efforts to help save lives. We also thank Government Ministers, the Police and other officials for promptly coordinating the response.
We also thank the medical teams at various health facilities where the injured are being treated from, for the good job they are doing.
May the Almighty God Rest the departed in eternal Peace and bring quick recovery to the injured.

Ruhakana Rugunda (Dr)
Prime Minister