Xmas: Red Cross Deploys Volunteers On Accident BlackSpots

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Police crime report, says that 589 accidents occurred in Greater Luweero region in 2014. The report indicates that 90 were fatal, 314 serious and 185 minor accidents. The reports indicate that the Kampala-Gulu highway records at least one accident per week.

Uganda Red Cross Society has deployed ten volunteers on accident black spots along the Kampala-Gulu Highway, to respond to emergencies during the festive season.

George Abbey Nkugwa, the Uganda Red Cross Society - URCS manager Luweero District says that the volunteers have been deployed in different black spots in Bombo town, Kasana Piida in Luweero town and Kasaala village, in Buntumula Sub County.

Nkugwa says that the volunteers have been trained to offer first aid, evacuate victims to health centers and notify police in case of any accident in their areas.

However, the numbers of volunteers have dropped from 45 deployed in 2014 to 10 volunteers due to financial constraints as Nkugwa explains.

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Lameck Kigozi, the Savannah regional police spokesperson welcomed the deployment and added that police has increased visibility of traffic officers to reduce cases of accidents during the festive season.

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Police has also deployed a special team of police officers to fight burglaries during the season.

Paul Mwanje, a resident in Luweero town council has welcomed the efforts of Uganda Red Cross Society, saying that it will save lives given that the police take long time to respond to emergencies.

Sub counties and town councils in Luweero district have engaged in several meetings to sensitize masses to remain vigilant in the festive season to avert accidents.

In Kamira sub county, Livingstone Kategeya,  the LC III chairperson says that they passed a resolution to donate Shillings 450,000 to local police officers, to help them buy fuel so that they conduct patrols during this season ,to avert theft and evacuate accident victims.

Police crime report,  indicates that 589 accidents occurred in Greater Luweero region in 2014. The report indicates that 90 were fatal, 314 serious and 185 minor accidents.  The reports indicate that the Kampala-Gulu highway records at least one accident per week.

 

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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.