One person has been confirmed dead and five others injured following an accident that involved the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Martin Okoth Ochola’s convoy lead pickup along the Tororo – Iganga highway on February 19, 2023, at around 11am.
The accident involved a Toyota Land cruiser under registration number, UP 8517 Landcruiser that was leading the convoy of the IGP, and a motorcycle Bajaj Boxer, under registration number, UEF 098H.
The deceased has been identified as Yunusu Mukose, a 32-year-old resident of Mukuba zone, Bugiri Municipality.
“At about 1100hrs at Buwuni village, along Iganga -Tororo highway, several vehicles slowed down as they approached the convoy of the IGP that was heading to Kampala from Tororo. It’s during that process that the rider of the motorcycle, ridden by Mukose Yunusu, dangerously tried to overtake a trailer and other vehicles, which put him in the opposite lane, where he collided head on into the oncoming lead motor vehicle of the IGP’s convoy. The rider of the motorcycle died on spot and his passenger on the motorcycle whose identity is yet to be established sustained serious injuries,” Traffic Police Spokesperson Faridah Nampiima said.
“It is further established that the driver of the lead car, used his driving skills to bring the vehicle to a full stop. And it is during that process that two crew members jumped off the vehicle and sustained injuries. A total of 5 crew members and the civilian victim were rushed to Bugiri Hospital for medical treatment, and later evacuated in a police chopper to Kampala for further treatment.”
The body of the deceased was conveyed to Bugiri Mortuary hospital for postmortem examination. The IGP has reached out to the family of the deceased and conveyed his condolences.