Opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) last evening resolved to proceed with their Presidential Campaigns hours after a fatal accident in Nebbi district which left two of their supporters dead and over ten nursing injuries.
This tragedy hand initially prompted the Party’s Flag bearer Patrick Oboi Amuriat to briefly call off his campaigns in Nebbi and Pakwach districts.
At a hastily arranged press conference that was held at the scene, Amuriat said they had taken a decision to halt their vote hunt in order to find ways how to “rush them (victims) to the hospital so that their lives can be saved” and heal from this incident.
“It’s the first of its kind to happen to me in my entire life and I am in such shock,” he added.
However, later on there was disagreement among the FDC team with some suggesting returning to Kampala which others argued this would affect their performance in the 2021 polls.
The team was then locked up in a meeting at Leosim hotel in Nebbi Municipality.
According to a source who attended, both sides later found it necessary to proceed with their campaign schedule.
Today Amuriat will be campaigning in Kiryandongo and Masindi districts.
According to the Pakwach District Police Commander (DPC) Frank Muzoora, the accident occurred after lorry number UBB 856 W which had been mobilized by the aspiring Nebbi Municipality Legislator Robert Onega failed to negotiate a sharp bend at Ganda Parish in Panyimur Town Council.
“I know this corner is a black spot and UNRA has tried to see how to reduce on the corner. But most times we can’t spend a year without having a fatal accident. I have not confirmed whether the driver is from this place but the drivers who know this area usually take care,” Muzoora retorted.
An eye witness who survived by jumping off the truck revealed that the stand in driver tried all his best to brake but since the vehicle was moving at a terrific speed all was in vain.
The vehicle then plunged down a steep cliff killing an incumbent Local Councilor Hellen Pincho and Zulaika Yasin instantly.
The group which was carrying cheerleaders and a public address system was en route to Panyimur from Parombo Town Council where Amuriat had minutes back addressed a mammoth gathering.
By press time, the driver was still in Police detention at Panyimur Police Station while the injured receiving treatment at Angala St Luke Hospital.