Hoima locals demonstrate over accidents by sugar cane trucks
HOIMA, UGANDA: Hoima city youths on Wednesday afternoon demonstrated against the increased accidents on Hoima city Roads that are caused by over speeding sugar cane trucks.
The youths led by Junior Hanington Kasasa accuse Hoima city authorities of failure to control the usage of the city roads by sugar cane transporters which has led to an increase in accidents in the city.
The youth said, many residents have lost their lives due to careless driving by the sugar cane transporters which they are condemning.The demonstration was as a result of the death of a medical worker identified as Hope Kisembo who was knocked down to death by an over speeding sugar cane truck along Hoima Main Street on Wednesday morning while on a Boda Boda.
The youths were holding posters written on; “Heavy vehicles should be stopped from accessing Hoima city centre Roads”.“We are requesting the Hoima city authorities to at least direct sugar cane transporters to start using other roads away from the city so as to reduce accidents because many people have lost their lives and their families have not received any compensation”. Said the angry youths.
On 1st January this year, an overspeeding sugar cane truck knocked a 30-year-old man to death on Old Tooro Road in Hoima city. The deceased was a resident of an unidentified village in Bugambe sub-county.
Bunyoro region has several sugar manufacturing companies that include Kinyara sugar Works Limited, Hoima Sugar Limited and Bwendero Sugar Limited.
Julius Allan Hakiza the Albertine Regional police spokesperson says police are investigating the matter and they have arrested the truck driver that made an accident today.
“We have arrested the truck driver who committed the accident today and his names have been withheld for security reasons and police investigations are on going”. Said Hakiza.
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