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UPDF Soldier Dies in Road Accident

A UPDF soldier has been killed in a road accident along Kampala-Gulu highway.

Defence Spokesperson Brig Richard Karemire identified the deceased as Warrant Officer 1 Omona.

He said the incident occurred when Lt Col Simon Peter Oyo, who was driving a Range Rover brand vehicle, rammed into a stationary lorry just a few kilometers away from Kamdini around 8:00pm on Friday.

“Oyo’s cousin, WOI Omona, died instantly,” said Karemire.

“The two were travelling to Gulu,” he added.

The rise of accidents on the narrow and poorly lit road calls for stronger road safety measures.

More than 20 people were killed in a bus crash in Kiryandongo last week.

Cabinet has since approved the proposed measures by the Ministry of Works and Transport to address road carnage in Uganda including installation of digital speed limiters in all commercial vehicles.

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It further directed the licensing of all goods vehicles requiring owners to fulfill certain regulatory requirements including inspection for road worthiness.

A Graduated Driving License will be introduced to mandate drivers of commercial vehicles to undergo refresher courses and training.

Government said it would as well establish automated driver test centers to minimize human bias and allow learner drivers undergo rigorous testing to confirm their competences to drive before issuance of driving permits.

The deceased was attached to the Directorate of Education at UPDF Military Headquarters in Bombo.

Karemire said Lt Col Oyo, who is the Military Assistant to the Minister of State for Defence -General Duties Hon Col (Rtd) Charles Engola, is out of danger.

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