Kibungo Bus Accident: Death Toll Soars to 20

The United Nations has urged the political actors in Burundi to embrace and agree in the peace talks in Uganda being mediated by President Yoweri Museveni to stop the strong wave of bloody violence that has engulfed the small East African nation.

A United Nations top official at the Kampala talks on Tuesday called on all the conflicting parties in Burundi to find a consensual solution to the crisis facing their country.

“Burundi has gone through difficult times before and has a long history of dialogues. There are lessons to be learned from these past experiences, viagra buy ” Jamal Benomar, the Secretary-General’s Special Adviser, said at talks yesterday.

“Burundians are the ones who will live with the consequences of the decisions they make. They have the prime responsibility for finding a way forward for the future of their country,” Mr. Benomar added.

“This must be a nationally-led and owned effort which we as the international community stand ready to support.”

Burundi has been in the midst of a political crisis since President Pierre Nkurunziza decided to run for a controversial third term earlier this year, since when at least 400 people have been killed, with the toll possibly considerably higher, and 220,000 have fled to neighboring States with many others internally displaced.

Just over a week ago, the UN Security Council, voicing deep concern at the escalation of violence in Burundi, called for urgent acceleration of mediation efforts by East African States and urged all Burundian stakeholders to fully cooperate with a proposed African Union peacekeeping mission.

The Council stated that only a “genuine and inclusive” dialogue would best enable the Burundian stakeholders to find a consensual solution to the crisis, a point that Mr. Benomar reiterated today.


He added that the UN has a wealth of experience in supporting national dialogue processes and is ready “to support you in any possible way,” working in partnership with colleagues in the East African Community and the AU.

“I sincerely hope today’s event will mark the beginning of the path towards a peaceful, stable and prosperous Burundi.”
The number of people who yesterday evening lost their lives in the Kibungo bus accident that at Rwahi along the Kabale-Mbarara road has grown to 20.

Among the deceased Chimpreports understands, stomach was Arthur Musinguzi the son of bus company owner George William Kanagizi.

The bus rammed into a stationary trailer
The bus rammed into a stationary trailer

The accident happened at around 4pm at the busy Rwahi trading center on the Kabale-Mbarara road where 7   died on spot as  the Kampala  bound  bus Registration Number UAM 804V  rammed into a parked trailer.

The wreckage of the bus at Rwahi trading center
The wreckage of the bus at Rwahi trading center

According to one of the eyewitness Milton Twazamakye,  the Kibungo bus driver lost control after knocking a bodaboda cyclist and swerved into the stationary truck on the roadside.

OC traffic Muhanga police post Fred Hakiza  blamed the accident on the bus’s poor mechanical condition and the driver’s recklessness.

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