Bodies of 14 Tanzanians killed in road accident in central Uganda sent home


KAMPALA, Sept. 21 — The bodies of 14 Tanzanian nationals killed in a Sunday night road accident in the central Uganda district of Mpigi were on Tuesday transported home, a government spokesperson said.

Col. Shaban Bantariza, Uganda’s deputy government spokesperson, said that Uganda and Tanzania police worked together for the repatriation of the bodies for burial.The 14 died on spot and 17 others were injured after a Kampala bound lorry rammed into a Coaster bus at Katonga, along the Kampala-Masaka highway. The incident happened as the deceased and injured were returning to Tanzania after attending a Saturday wedding ceremony of a relative in the capital, Kampala. “This was a tragic incident…our two sister police agencies worked together for the transportation of their bodies back home,” said Bantariza.The bodies were airlifted to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The police attributed the cause of the fatal road accident to careless and reckless driving.Uganda registers at least 20,000 road accidents with over 2,000 deaths each year, making it one of the countries with the highest road accident fatality rates in the world, according to police figures. – XINHUA