Uganda Fuel Tank Explosion Accident Death Toll Rises to 35

The death toll from the fire accident in Uganda has risen to thirty five.

Four more people died today bringing the total number of the dead to thirty five from the Saturday night accident that occurred in the outskirts of Kampala.

The accident that occurred along the Northern Bypass on Saturday at 10pm East African time involved a fuel tanker registration number KB L 361B and a Toyota UAS 374C.

The police suspect the fire started when one of the boda-boda cyclists who had siphoned fuel tried to ignite the engine of his motorcycle to escape from the scene.

 President Museveni offers assistance to families of victims of the inferno

President Yoweri Museni who has just arrived from Tanzania where he was attending a three-day Smart Partnership International Dialogue went straight to Namungoona-Kasubi, the scene of the accident.

Speaking at the scene of the accident, Museveni cautioned the youths to desist from free things.

“I strongly caution you the youths to protect your lives and resist the temptation of free things at the expense of your lives and as you can see from this accident it would not have happened if they had been cautious and stayed away from the scene”.

He announced that government is going to offer each family of the victims about US$2000 as contribution towards burial expenses.

This is the second tragic accident involving a fuel tanker to happen in Uganda in recent times.

Forty people were killed in 2001 in Western Uganda in a similar incident.

 

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