Thursday, 20 December 2012


Kasese Municipal council is considering erecting a historical monument on the on the mass grave where the remains of the Rutoto Bus Accident victims were laid.
Tragedy befell Kasese district on July 17th 2002 where about seventy people perished in a fire that erupted after a bus belong to the SB coaches was involved in a head-on collision with fuel tanker near Rutoto trading center along the Kasese-Mbarara Highway.
They were buried in a mass grave at the Kasese Catholic Diocese cemetery on July 18th following a requiem mass at the Rwenzori Square.
Only one victim by the names of Samuel Tibara was buried at his ancestral home in Mahango as the only body that was identified by the family.
Moving the motion in the council sitting on Thursday, the municipal councilor for Railway ward Mr. Didas Baluku said that constructing a historical monument on the mass grave will be as a way of paying tribute to the victims and raise awareness on traffic laws and regulations.
Mr. Baluku also said that the monument will promote urban tourism in addition with social, cultural and tradition values associated to death in the African Society.
He notably read to council the names of those buried in the mass grave as Eunice Nyangoma, Lt. Byamukama, Valeri Muhindo, Isaiah Mbusa , Seleveneous Muhindo, Joseph Ngamuhabyaki and Stephen Baluku among others.
Mr. Baluku also proposed to council that July 17th of every year be declared a “black day” where by people dress in only black clothes in memory of the traffic tragedy.
The motion was then seconded by the municipal councilor representing Nyakasanga II ward Selvest Tumusiime.
However, the motion was referred to the social services committee to discuss the matter and then recommend to council on whether to approve the motion at the next sitting next year.
Mr. Joel Muhindo a relative to one of the victims commended the municipal council for accepting such a motion that is meant to honour the dead adding that they suffered a painful death. END

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