State Minister for Kampala Capital City and Metropolitan Affairs, Hon Kabuye Kyofatogabye, on Friday delivered money pleged by President Yoweri Museveni to families whose children died and sustained injuries when a Sino truck crashed into a school in Gomba District on Tuesday.
On Tuesday, a Sino truck lost control and rammed into a fence of Kasaka Senior Secondary School, then proceeded through to the computer laboratory, killing four students on spot and injuring 18.
The President, while addressing Parliament at Kololo Ceremonial Grounds on Tuesday, said he had directed the State House Controller to ensure the compensation is effected.
The President directed that Shs5m be paid to those who lost the children and Shs1 million to those who sustained injuries.
Now on Friday, the Prime Minister, Robinah Nabbanja, instructed Minister Kabuye to deliver the President’s pledge on her behalf to the families of the victims.
“Today, I have represented the Prime Minister, Hon. Robinah Nabbanja to deliver President Yoweri Museveni condolence message of Sh5m to families that lost their children and 1m to those who sustained wounds in the Kasaka SSS tragedy on Tuesday,” Kyofatogabye said on Friday.
“Together with the State House comptroller Ms Jane Babirye Barekye, we have handed over cash and encouraged them to take heart, for God their refugee is with them in such a trying moment. They have however applauded President Museveni for always being with them in good and bad situations,” he added.
During his address on Tuesday, the President also said the Prime Minister and the Attorney General should liaise with other authorities to ensure that the owner of the truck compensates the victims’ families according to the law.
According to the 2022 annual police crime report, there was a 35 percent increase in common traffic offences registered country wide. In 2021, 336,722 traffic cases were registered while 456,993 cases were recorded in 2022.