By Gideon Tumwijukye
Two people died on spot today morning at the flooded Hamurwa floating bridge in Rubanda district when an Isuzu track registration number UBE 344D got off the road into a ditch.
The deceased persons were identified as Ester Kamara estimated to be in her thirties, a resident of Kyihanda village Kyirima Sub County and Ndereya Ngabirano in his 20’s a resident of Nzoroma village Kambuga Sub County, both in Kanungu district.
According to Denis Ruremire, one of the accident survivors, the accident happened when they were travelling from Kanungu district going to Karukara market for trade.
Ruremire said that the driver was trying to reverse to avoid the floods but ended up into a ditch.
The Kigezi region police spokes person Elly Maate who confirmed the accident said that the bodies were taken by Police to Kabale referral hospital mortuary for postmortem.
He also noted that other four occupants of the vehicle whose particulars are not yet established were also injured during the accident and are currently admitted at Hamurwa health centre.
Maate added that police is currently hunting for the vehicle’s driver who is on run to help in investigations
Meanwhile transport on that area where the accident has happened has been paralysed after heavy rains led to flooding of Hamurwa floating bridge along Rubanda Kanungu road.
Davis Tayebwa a S3 student at Hamurwa High school who every day crosses the bridge from Mpungu parish in Hamurwa to study said that he pays 2000 shillings to people who carry him on their backs to help him cross the floods, which has become expensive.
Fred Turyamureeba another concerned resident from Shebeya in Ikumba Sub County Rubanda district noted that in 2018, as area residents, they petitioned the president of Uganda Yoweri Museveni and the Prime minister Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda over the same bridge but they wonder why they haven`t bothered to follow up the matter despite receiving their petition.