UAE tourist dies in Mpigi car crash, seven injured


A tourist from United Arab Emirates has been confirmed dead and seven others including a National Forestry Authority legal officer seriously injured following a car crash at Kalandazi near Buwama Town in Mpigi District along the Kampala – Masaka highway this evening.

Police identified the deceased as Seif Tareq and the injured NFA staff as Moses Muhumuza, a resident of Namugongo, a Kampala suburb.
Tareq and a group of other tourists were heading to Kasese when the car registration number UAZ 846W in which they were travelling collided with Mr Muhumuza’s car, a Corona registration number UAA 484F. Muhumuza and his driver Steven Opus were coming from Masaka to Kampala.

A doctor at Nkozi Hospital gives first aid to

A doctor at Nkozi Hospital gives first aid to Mr Ali Bulungu, the man who was driving the tourists at the time of the accident

Police identified those who were travelling with Tareq as Abdul Rahman Salem 20, Majahed Salem 23, Abdullah Mohammed 20, a tour guide, Umar Kawangala Wasswa from Kinaawa in Wakiso district and their driver, Ali Bulungu a resident of Nansana.

An eye witness told this reporter that: “The Arabs and a Global bus were trying to overtake a commuter taxi in a single lane, but when the tourist driver braked instantly after realizing that another car was coming in the opposite direction, he lost control and over turned several times before colliding with a corona.”

The injured have been taken to Nkozi Hospital to receive first aid treatment.

Katonga region police Spokesman Phillip Mukasa attributed the cause of the accident to reckless driving.

“The accident was caused by careless driving by the two vehicles that we were trying to overtake, over speeding and lack of discipline,” he said.

Mr Bulungu said the tourists jetted in the country on Friday.

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