Parliament has put government to task to explain measures put in place to address the increasing road accidents that have recently claimed dozens of lives.
This was after several Members of the House rose to express concern over the recent car accident involving YY Coaches which has left 10 dead. In a separate incident over the weekend, a fuel tanker collided with several other cars in Rubirizi resulting into an explosion that killed over 30 people.
One after the other, the legislators castigated the Ministry of Works and Transport for failing on its responsibility of ensuring safety for road users.
Catherine Ndamira, the Kabale district Woman MP noted that it was so unfortunate that over 30 Ugandans lost their lives in the accident in Rubirizi.
Ndamira noted that many accident victims whose lives would have been spared perished due to the delayed response by authorities to such emergencies.
She hence called on government to develop a better accident rescue policy.
“The government through the Ministry of Transport, Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) as well as the Uganda Police should revise their methods of handling rescue operations. The Fire Brigade from the Police should also be well equipped and on standby for such incidents,” Ndamire said.
Ngora county MP, David Abala called on the Parliamentary committee on Infrastructure to investigate YY coaches so as to establish why they have in the recent past been involved in a number of nasty accidents.
“The families of people that have lost lives because of reckless driving must be compensated and those injured should be treated until they recover,” Abala requested.
Mbale Municipality MP, Jack Wamanga Wamai noted that there are a number of unqualified drivers on Ugandans roads whose driving permits should be recalled as one of the measures to arrest the increasing accidents.
“The Ministry of Internal Affairs should recall all driving permits, let people be examined again before they can be allowed to drive on the roads. Most of the accidents are caused by poor and reckless drivers,” Wamai suggested.
The Minister of State for Finance, David Bahati who stood in for the Prime Minister promised that government will issue a statement on the matter at hand next week.