By Ivan Mwine
The government of Uganda has through the Ministry of Works and Transport suspended the operations of Link Bus Company following the death of 20 people who perished in an accident on Wednesday, which involved a Link Bus.
At least 20 people are confirmed to have died on spot and several others injured in the terrible accident that occurred Ssebitoli swamp, a few kilometers from Fort Portal City, in Kabarole District, after the Link Bus they were travelling in lost control and overturned several times in a tea plantation.
Following the tragedy, the Minister for Works and Transport Gen. Katumba Wamala announced last night that the owners of Link Bus Company should cease operations with immediate effect to enable the police and other concerned authorities to conduct investigations into what caused the accident.
Addressing a press conference, Katumba revealed that Link Bus company would resume operations only after clearance from the Ministry depending on the outcome of the investigation.
The move came after the Deputy Speaker of Parliament Thomas Tayebwa directed Gen. Katumba to investigate the Link Bus accident and report to the House as soon as possible (ASAP).
Tayebwa directed that the ministry establishes the cause of accident and also establishes measures to reduce road carnage in the country.
He made the directive in his communication to the plenary sitting on Wednesday, after which the House observed a moment of silence in memory of the accident victims.
It should however be noted that Link Buses have a history of being prone to very destructive accidents, which have led to the loss of many lives.
On February 03rd, 2019 four people died on spot and scores others sustained injuries after a Link Bus registration No. UBA 332B that was heading to Masindi from Kampala got an accident at Wabinyonyo following a puncture. Over 30 people who sustained injuries in the accident were rushed to Nakasongola military hospital for medical attention.
In the same year on October 3rd, 2019, several people escaped death after a Link Bus that was heading to Kampakla from Kasese veered off the road and over turned several times in Mityana town.
Earlier on in 2013, four dead in a Link Bus accident that occurred along the Fort Portal-Kasese highway in Kabarole district.
The bus registered under number UAK 939G, which was bound for Bwera in Kasese District, reportedly lost control and overturned at Rubona village in Kisomoro sub-county.