PHOTOS: Woman MP Survives Death in Road Accident

The UN Refugee Agency has begun distributing shirts, sildenafil trousers, jackets and more to refugees in Uganda after receiving the 10-millionth item of donated clothing from Japanese retailer Fast Retailing, which operates casual apparel brand UNIQLO.

The first distribution took place at Old Kampala Primary School and is set to be followed by more distributions in the coming weeks to tens of thousands of mostly Congolese and South Sudanese refugees across the country.

There was a palpable sense of excitement in the air as 721 urban refugee households arrived to receive their items.

Many refugees in Uganda struggle to make ends meet with the majority of their money having to go on rent and food and other essential items.

Little is left over for buying clothes, which can have a real impact on their health and self-esteem.

“When the children see other children well-dressed, they feel ashamed. It’s also very bad for their health. Wearing the same clothes every day brings dust and bacteria. The kids were so happy to hear that they will be getting new clothes”, said a 44-year-old male refugee from the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

“UNHCR is very grateful for this donation from Fast Retailing, which will provide some much needed relief,” said UNHCR Representative to Uganda Neimah Warsame.

“With Uganda currently hosting 466,375 refugees, more than any time in the country’s history, this contribution could not have been better timed. These clothes will have a real, tangible impact by protecting children from the cold and empowering families to live in dignity,” he added.


“This initiative shows that when companies step forward in the spirit of collaboration, they can help make a meaningful difference to some of the world’s most vulnerable refugees.”

South Sudan’s ongoing conflict began in December 2013 and has been marked by brutal violence against civilians and deepening suffering across the country.

Some 119,000 people are sheltered in UN compounds there while the Organization estimates that the number of people in need for 2015 will include an anticipated 1.95 million internally displaced persons (IDPs) and a projected 293,000 refugees.

In recent weeks, however, the fighting in the country has worsened considerably, with reports of widespread killings, rapes, abductions and the burning and destruction of towns and villages, particularly throughout South Sudan’s Unity state.
Buhweju Woman MP Oliver Koyekyengasurvived death in a terrible road accident that occurred Thursday at Nyakaziba, web Bihanga in Buhweju while on her way to attend a district function.

Her Toyota Prado Registration Number UAU 870G flipped off the road and rolled several times after the driver lost control while he tried to negotiate a sharp bend in Nyakaziba.

The MP sustained serious injuries and was rushed to Nsiika Health Centre IV before being transferred to Mbarara Referral hospital in a worrying condition.

Miraculously, page the driver escaped unhurt even though the vehicle was badly damaged.

The Buhweju Woman MP Oliver Koyekyenga speaking at a previous function
The Buhweju Woman MP Oliver Koyekyenga speaking at a previous function

Buhweju District Police Commander Ben Nuwagaba confirmed the accident which he blamed on the road’s poor condition.

He advised drivers to avoid over-speeding and carelessness in the hilly area.

Residents told Chimpreports that this is the 5th accident in the area in a space of one year. They urged government improve the condition of the road.

DPC Buhweju district at the scene of the accident
Buhweju DPC at the scene of the accident

Koyekyenga replaced her sister-in-law Joy Kariisa who died in 2013, as the district Woman MP.

On the same day, a 25-year man was knocked dead by a speeding motorcycle along Mapema Park Ntare road in Mbarara town.

There was another accident in Mbarara town
There was another accident in Mbarara town

Ibrahim, a resident of Nyihanga, Ntungamo district was a casual laborer with Akuume Investment hardware owned by F Kanyiike.


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