Uganda: 19 NGO workers killed in bus crash

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At least 19 members of a non-governmental organisation (NGO) in Uganda were killed in a bus crash on Tuesday.

Police say six people were also critically injured in the accident after the bus they were travelling in lost control and drove off a cliff in the east of the country. Authorities say the bus was carrying staff from an American NGO to the Kapchorwa region for their annual party when it crashed near Sipi, more than 300 kilometres east of Kampala.

Bus crash kills 19 NGO workers

Police say they are investigating the crash to determine the cause of the incident but aren’t releasing any details about the victims at this stage. Uganda has one of the worst records for road safety in Africa due to a combination of factors including the poor condition of vehicles and roads, as well as a prevalence of dangerous driving.

More than 9,500 people died in road accidents in Uganda between 2015 and 2017, according to data from the transport ministry and the situation is getting worse every year. In 2015, President Yoweri Museveni sacked 900 officials involved in charge of road development over the poor condition of the country’s road network.

Featured image: “Street View of Kampala, Uganda” flickr photo by Justin.Raycraft https://flickr.com/photos/123835587@N04/26443844932 shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license

About Aaron Brooks

Aaron Brooks is a UK journalist who wants to cut out the international agendas in news. Spending his early years in both England and Northern Ireland he saw the difference between reality and media coverage at an early age. After graduating from the University of Chester with a BA in journalism, his travels revealed just how large the gap between news and the real world can be. As Editor-in-Chief at East Africa Monitor, it’s his job to provide a balanced view of what’s going on in the region for English-speaking audiences.