The Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Jacob Oulanyah, has asked the Ministry of Works to investigate the causes of accidents at Bulyantente along the Jinja – Kampala Highway and propose solutions to the House.
Oulanyah gave the directive following the weekend accident on the spot in which seven people were killed and 11 others injured.
“The country cannot afford to continue losing lives in such a manner,” said Oulanyah.
“I wish to request the Minister of Works and Transport responsible for road safety to investigate the causes of accidents in this area, propose remedial actions and report back to Parliament,” he added.
The Deputy Speaker urged Police to permanently deploy staff in Bulyantente with a view of curbing the accidents, which have claimed hundreds of lives over the years.
“Further the Road Safety Council in line with its mandate, should earnestly embark on serious sensitization of drivers and the general public on safe driving and good road use,” said Oulanyah.
In March this year, the former MP for Toroma County, Hon. Cyrus Amodoi Imalingat, died in a motor accident along the Kampala – Jinja highway.
Following the death, Oulanyah appealed to MPs to preach safe road usage among their constituents. He said that road accidents negatively impacted on the economy and that the affected families never recover from the loss.
In June this year, the Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Rebecca Kadaga, called for increased funding to the Uganda Police Traffic department’s ‘Fika Salama’ Campaign whose intent is to improve road safety in Uganda.
The ‘Fika Salama’ or Reach Safely Campaign was launched in August 2016 on the Kampala – Masaka Highway and later rolled out to other highways in the country to reduce accidents on roads in Uganda.
This followed a number of fatal motor accidents on Masaka Road mid last year.
The Speaker, who was speaking in Nkozi appealed to road users to be more responsible in order to reduce motor accidents.