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Canadian preachers survive Lugazi accident, fundraiser started for victims

Canadian preachers Kimi and Anna are currently in the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

On Wednesday, an accident occurred around Kitega village near Lugazi town along the Jinja – Kampala highway involving a truck which rammed into a private car and killed three people.

In the wake of this tragic incident that left three Canadian preachers and a five year-old boy injured, fundraising campaigns have cropped up in support of the victims.

Local media reported that passangers in the private car were on their way to Jinja from Entebbe airport after picking up the Canadians nationals who work with a Non government Christian organisation, His Hope Uganda that is based in Bugembe, Jinja district.

“Kimi and Anna are currently in the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Both girls suffered severe lacerations to the face and head and are being monitored for internal injuries. Jordan was miraculously uninjured. It is with a truly heavy heart that we share that we have lost Gloria, Joshua and Uncle Eman. Although we believe they are with the Lord and that does bring some comfort, their loss will be felt heavily as their lives touched so many,” His Hope Uganda said in a statement on Saturday.

The organisation revealed that a GoFund me drive was started after they received so many offers to help. The fundraising page was set up by officials from the organisation only identified as Ryan, Jenn, Naomi & Devin.

“We know all the families involved would first and foremost ask for your prayers. Despite the pain and devastation we believe that the Lord is our healer both physically and emotionally. We cannot fathom or attempt to understand the tragedies of life sometimes but we know He is sovereign and his love reigns. Please join us in prayer to lift up those that are hurting,” the statement read in part.

Adding, “Medical costs for Anna and Kimi which we are estimating at around $5000. There is a good chance much of these costs will be covered by insurance but we aren’t sure yet.”

Hellen Butoto, the Ssezibwa regional police spokesperson confirmed the accident and told Journalists the truck driver identified as Joseph Kimtai, a Kenyan national lost control and rammed into the land cruiser sweeping off its top roof before it hit a saloon car and a motorcycle that had been parked by the road side.

Eyewitnesses told the New Vision they had to cut the wreckage to retrieve the bodies. The Canadians are Anna Burns and Kim Toyota while the five year-old boy is Jordan Mugisha. The Canadians were able to recieve first Aid from Kawolo hospital and later  transferred to Nsambya hospital.

Sources said police had arrested Kamtai from his hospital bed at Kawolo and once he recovers, police will charge him with reckless driving and causing deaths.

The wreckage were towed to Lugazi central police station.

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