Man Seeks Justice after wife loses Leg in Accident

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order "sans-serif";”>Robinah says her leg was shattered when the lorry truck ran over it at Katungu-Nyaruzinga Junction in Bushenyi town as she was on a ‘boda-boda’ heading to Bushenyi Town.

According to eye witnesses, at around 10:00 AM that day, a truck being driven by one Richard Bagonza approached the junction from Bushenyi Town indicating to turn right and the flag man deployed at the junction raised a red flag to stop speeding vehicles from Mbarara and a green flag to let the truck proceed.

That is when a speeding ‘boda-boda’ being ridden by one Adson Batura and also carrying Robinah tried to overtake it from the left hand side ending up knocking the truck.

Upon knocking the truck, the passenger (Robinah) fell off with her leg ending up under the truck.


One tire of the truck then ran over her leg and shattered it into pieces.

Witnesses continue to say that after the accident, the ‘boda-boda’ cyclist immediately made a U-turn and fled to Nyakabirizi along Bushenyi-Mbarara Highway.

Robinah was rushed to Kampala International University Teaching Hospital where she started receiving medical treatment.

Witnesses also noted that after the accident, the lorry driver tried to speed away prompting one of them (Kato Edison) to follow the lorry up to Valley College where it stopped.

Bushenyi District Traffic Officer, Wilfred Byamugisha, says that after the accident he rushed to the scene and interrogated some of the witnesses who told him the same story.

“I reached the scene and the witnesses gave me the whole story saying that the cyclist was in the wrong and is the one that caused the accident after failing to obey the deployed flagmen at work.” Byamugisha said.

Milton however points out that the lorry that shattered his wife’s leg on Saturday 5th July, 2014 was seen on Sunday 6th July 2014 at Mogas Petrol Station being repaired instead of being taken to the District Police Station for inspection.

“Such a way of treating the matter showed some weakness on the police side. The police have mishandled the file and it is unfair. They should at least consider the pain through which victim is going through,” Milton said.

As one way of seeking justice, Milton has written letters of complaint to the Resident State Attorney, Resident District Commissioner, Regional Internal Security Officer and Regional Traffic Officer, Greater Bushenyi and the OC Traffic, Bushenyi District notifying them of the state of the matter.

Milton and Robina Betungura hail from Rwenjeru Ward, Nyakabirizi Division in Bushenyi-ishaka Municipality, have 4 children and operate private businesses.

Robinah’s leg has since been amputated and is currently receiving treatment at KIU teaching hospital.

The couple is expecting to be charged more than 10 million Ugandan shillings whose source has not yet been established.

“I thank God for saving my life. I would be dead at this time but God loved me to that extent,” Ailing Robina noted.

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