67 Passengers Stranded as Bus Driver Arrested

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Sixty seven passengers have been left stranded after the driver of a bus they were travelling in was arrested as police intensifies operations against bad driving along Kampala-Gulu highway. The passengers were on board a Gaagaa bus registration number UAP 763H travelling from Kampala to Lira.

Sixty seven passengers have been left stranded after the driver of a bus they were travelling in was arrested as police intensifies operations against bad driving along Kampala-Gulu highway.

The passengers were on board a Gaagaa bus registration number UAP 763H travelling from Kampala to Lira.

The bus was intercepted at Butanza trading centre in Luweero district when the driver identified as Hassan Moshi tried to overtake another car in the prohibited area.

Traffic Police officers stopped the driver and ordered him to park the bus at Luweero Central Police station where he was detained.The passengers were left in the bus stranded.

Willy Abaha, the Luweero District Traffic Officer, explains that the driver has been arrested to prevent him from causing accidents as result of bad driving. Abaha adds that the driver has been charged with reckless driving and will appear in court to answer to the charge.

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Under the instructions for  Fika Salama Operation, any driver who is arrested for a traffic offence is detained for up to 48 hours and later a decision is taken to either send him to court or have them fined through Express Penalty Scheme.

On learning that the driver has been put in the cells, the angry passengers besieged the traffic police offices and engaged the officers in vain. The Police instead ordered the operators of Gaagaa Bus to send another driver to rescue the passengers.

Other passengers also tasked the bus operators to counter-sign on receipts for refund and they board other buses in vain.

At the time of filing this story, the passengers had spent about four hours waiting for another driver from Kampala to rescue them.

Francis Apuda, a passenger described the incident as unfortunate but noted that it's necessary to save their lives

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URN couldn't reach the operators of Gaagaa Bus Company to comment on the incident.

On Wednesday  at least 10 people died and several others were severely injured in an accident involving Global Bus, a lorry and a commuter taxi along Masaka-Mbarara Highway.The accident  happened at Kyetume trading centre in Lwengo district when the bus registration number UAU 710U collided with  a taxi  registration number  UAX 715G and a fuso truck registration number UAX 141M.  

The Global bus heading to Kampala was avoiding knocking a cow that suddenly entered the road.

At least 10,000 drivers have been arrested since July when the police launched the Operation Fika Salama, a road safety campaign. The police have also raked in millions of shillings in fines in the operation aimed at preventing accidents.

 

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Brian Luwaga
Since Brian Luwaga joined Uganda Radio Network in 2011, he is still amazed how, "URN is a place that gives journalists a chance to enhance their skills . It gives a journalist an opportunity to adopt and master various aspects of journalism that include radio broadcast, social media, photography and television production."

A practicing journalist since 2009, first with Star FM, Luwaga has always been keen to write about the concerns of the "common person." Based for much of his career in Luweero, Luwaga takes it as a compliment if politicians complain that his reporting is too harsh.

In his journalism, Luwaga likes to merge the past with the present. He believes you cannot understand what is happening now, if you do not have a grounding in the past. Brian Luwaga is the Luweero URN bureau chief. Nakasongola, Nakaseke, Mityana, Mubende and Wakiso districts fall under his docket.

Luwaga is interested in humanitarian work and is a keen Rotarian.