Ministry Sued Over Death of Miss Tourism in Accident

The Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife and Antiquities has been dragged to the Kampala High Court over last year’s road accident in Mpigi along the Masaka Road, approved in which Resty Namawejje a Journalist with NTV Uganda and Barbra  Nakiwoolo the Miss Tourism winner for Buganda region lost their lives.

The accident also severely injured Betty Nyacho the Miss Tourism for Teso Region. These were traveling to Mbarara to attend the beauty pageant for the western region.

The deceased were mourned by their families, seek the 9th Parliament of Uganda during the 5th session held on 9th July 2015 as well as the Minister for Tourism of the day Hon Maria Mutagamba.

Families of the deceased have now dragged the Ministry of Tourism to court seeking compensation for loss of the lives of their loved ones.

The family members as well as Betty Nyacho allege that the accident was as a result of reckless driving by Patrick Muhire, who was under direct instructions from officials of the Ministry, who must be held liable.

Through their lawyers of Rwakafuuzi and Company Advocates, the families are seeking a Shs. 100million compensation for the psychological trauma and anguish they went through after they lost their people.

Betty Nyacho on the other hand, wants to be paid Shs. 150 million for the injuries she sustained as well as 16.3million for the medical expenses. She says she sustained permanent injuries, lost her job and suffered a great deal of trauma.

On the long time it took them to file this case, the plaintiffs said they have in the past held several meetings with the ministry officials but nothing positive came out of it.


The High Court Registrar in this matter which has been allocated to Justice Henrietta Wolayo has given Ministry of Tourism and the Attorney General 15 days within which to file their defense.

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