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Clerics pray for Masaka road again, urge users to change conduct

A photograph made available on 23 February 2016 shows a motorcyclist looking back as he cruises in Kampala, Uganda, 17 February 2016.  EPA/DAI KUROKAWA

Church leaders, Police officials and others have once again prayed for Masaka road, which has been a scene of fatal accidents in the past two years.

The group led by the Vicar of Mitala Maria, Fr Denis Kasozi Ssebunya has also condemned reckless and impatience drivers who they say are the lead cause of unending accidents on the highway.

Fr Kizito while leading this Tuesday prayer close to Kalandazzi between Buwama town council and Kyabaaza trading centre where one of the most recent accidents occurred with a death toll of 9 people, asked Christians to pray for this road because it has become a death zone, and urged drivers to use the road with care.

The sudden rise in traffic accidents on Kampala-Masaka road has raised alarm in the country, where the latest left Nine people dead and 13 others seriously injured following a motor accident in which a Toyota premio collided with a taxi from Mpigi District. Police’s preliminary investigations indicated that the accident was caused by reckless driving by both drivers.”

Drivers along this road first called it slipperly, then later asserted that the accidents are connected to ghosts they say reside in a forest along Kalandazzi and Kampiringisa.

Clerics refuted these claims during the prayer session saying it is not true. They added that drivers should be careful and concerned about the lives of the passengers they have on board as they drive.

Police spokesman in Katonga, Phillip Mukasa said that as much as the church leaders did their duty, drivers have to abide by traffic regulations, that include; not over taking along certain spots, reducing speed while taking a sharp corners and taking note of other road users.

He urged that police cannot fight such accidents unless drivers change their conduct on the road.

He mentioned spots popular of accidents including; Kalandazzi, Katonga, Kampitingisa,, Katende, Mitala Maria, Lwera and Maya.

When were the last prayers held?

Priests led by Rev. Fr Denis Kizito Ssebunya ,the episcopal vicar for Mitala Maria Vicariate in August 2016 stood at Kampiringisa village where 23 people including six family members perished in an accident on July 2, same year.

Road was closed for about 20 minute as the clerics cleansed the area and sprinkled holy water around the scene.

The ceremony was dubbed “Remembrance Day for Road Traffic Victims on Kampala-Masaka road” and, was attended by relatives of accidents victims who also carried flowers in memory of the lives of the deceased.

By Our Reporter.

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