The Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga has called out the Works and Transport minister Gen Katumba Wamala in the wake of accident deaths.
“On another sad note, we lost a number of senior citizens: Mr. Festo Karemera, Fr. Gerald Picavet, Amb. Ahmed Ssenyomo, Mr. Kitaka Francis Xavier, Stephen Wako a candidate for Kigulu South died during the primaries and Mr Shaban Nkutu Muziransa,” she said on Tuesday.
According to Kadaga two of these deaths resulted from road accidents.
These accidents, and many others, could have been avoided if trailers and lorries had reflectors.
Accidents involving large vehicles have become persistent, she noted.
“On many occasions, we have asked the Transport Minister to implement the Law and regulations on vehicle reflectors.”
Forty percent of accidents occur in darkness. And yet the Traffic and Road Safety Regulations, 2012, make the use of reflectors mandatory.
“I, therefore, direct the Minister of Transport to immediately implement the regulations,” she said.
She added: “We cannot afford to have these regulations lying idle in the Minister’s office as people continue to die!”