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Braking system defect caused parliament bus fire- Police

The bus on fire.

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Police in Aswa region has said that the sudden fire that caught a Parliament bus that was transporting COVID-19 patients on Thursday was instigated by a jam in the braking system.

The Scania bus registration number UG-0391H, attached to the Ministry of Health was evacuating 25 patients from Kitgum district to the national treatment centres in Kampala. The patients were on Monday turned away from Gulu regional referral hospital due to space constraints.

But while on the journey, the bus caught fire near Koro trading centre in Omoro district about six kilometres from Gulu city along the Gulu – Kampala highway. Following the incident, the 25 patients have all been admitted at Gulu regional referral hospital for further management amid limited space for new admissions, staff shortage and stock of essential drugs.

Patrick Jimmy Okema, the Aswa river region police spokesperson told URN in an interview on Friday that an investigation into the incident by traffic police indicated that fault in the braking system triggered friction that caused heat and eventual ignition.

The burnt bus which was labelled 64th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference is one of the executive fleets of buses that Parliament of Uganda purchased to transport guests during the largest gathering of world legislators in September 2019, in Kampala.



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  1. Government departments are famous of poor maintenance of their vehicles while it takes a biggest percentage of their budget. Connivance with the pre-qualified garage owners is the mode of the day

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