President Yoweri Museveni has directed traffic police to step up vigilance on Ugandan roads if the country is to witness reduction in road accidents.
Museveni’s message was carried in a speech read by the Lira Resident District Commissioner, Robert Abak at a requiem mass for the deceased in Lira District.
In the message, Museveni cited poor mechanical conditions of cars as well as over speeding as possible causes for the horrid accident in Kyirandongo.
“While we await a detailed report from police, initial investigations point both to over speeding and using vehicles under dangerous Mechanical condition as the cause of the accident,” the message read in part.
“The traffic police must step up vigilance on the road especially ensuring that vehicles that are not road worthy are not allowed on the road,” the message continued.
22 people were confirmed dead following the accident involving a Gaaga bus and two other trucks. The Gaaga bus hit a tractor and split into two before its parts rolled into a beer truck, mingling all occupants.
Meanwhile government has announced three days of national mourning for the deceased, during which flags at public building will fly at half mast.
Government also will give Shs5m for each loss of life and Shs3m for those injured.