Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Jinja - Kampala Road

We often travel from Jinja to Kampala for a lot of our business and official work. This road is very bad for accidents and we often see at least one accident per trip. Last time we saw a dead body near a lorry and a large crane putting aright another lorry we had seen flipped over last week. We have seen too many dead bodies on this road. Most accident are caused by overspeeding and carelss or aggressive driving. This is the main road that services all of Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Southern Sudan and Eastern Congo with petrol and imported goods. So there are many overloaded, overspeeding, and undermaintained lorries let alone the crazy matatu (taxi) drivers.

Please coninue to pray for our safety as we travel this road often.

Attached is a recent Newspaper article from the New Vision ( a Ugandan Daily newspaper)

35 die in Jinja road accidents
Monday, 28th May, 2007

E-mail article

By Esther Mukyala -- THIRTY five people died in motor accidents between January and April in Jinja town and the surrounding areas. The Police indicated that 51 serious and 32 minor accidents were recorded in the same time. Fifty-six people were seriously injured and eight sustained slight injuries. The traffic chief, Constantine Tarasi, said 43 pedestrians, 20 pedal-cyclists and 24 motorcycles were also involved in the accidents. He said speeding, overloading, old vehicles and the poor road network were some of the causes of the accidents. Tarasi urged drivers to be careful and respect the traffic rules and regulations. He advised passengers to shun vehicles in dangerous mechanical condition.

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