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15 Congolese killed, several injured when truck overturns in NW Uganda

NAIROBI, Kenya–– A police spokesman in the northwestern Ugandan district of Pakwach has said that at least 15 Congolese were killed, and several others injured on Sunday when a truck they were riding in capsized.

Josephine Angucia, a West Nile regional police spokesperson, told media groups by telephone that the tragedy occurred when the driver of the truck transporting mainly Congolese traders to Panyimur fish market lost control and the vehicle overturned at Got Malara.

The traders were mainly fishmongers from Ariwara in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Angucia said.

“Some 15 people have so far been confirmed dead and many injured. The death toll is likely to rise,” the spokesperson said.

“Our officers are on the ground to establish the cause,” Angucia said.

According to government data, Uganda registers about 20,000 road accidents each year, with some 2,000 deaths, making it one of the countries with the highest traffic death rates, police statistics reveal.

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Jacob Ujamaa Nyerere

Jacob Ujamaa Nyerere is a public affairs researcher and senior investigative correspondent.
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