04 Kenyan pilgrims knocked dead enroute to Namugongo Martyrs shrine

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A commuter taxi Registration number UBD 760W on Sunday knocked dead four Kenyan pilgrims and critically injured seven others along the Iganga-Tororo highway.

The Pilgrims were travelling on foot from Bungoma, Kenya to Namugongo Martyrs shrine, for the annual pilgrimage.

The incident occurred on Sunday morning, at around 5:30 am at Bulaga village, Mayuge district along the Iganga –Jinja highway

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The deceased Kenyan victims have since been identified as Obanga Ashiuma Geoffrey, 48 of Naitiri, Bungoma and Roseline Wanjala 51yrs, of Kisoko, Busia.

An additional two victims who succumbed to the injuries at Nakavule Hospital, were identified as Sara Adiambo Ouko of Busia and Madinde Evelyn, also of Busia Kenya.

A total of 7 other victims, were rushed to hospital out of whom, one Gladys Malinda, is still admitted in critical condition, while four others were transferred to Busia, Kenya by the Catholic community for further treatment. The remaining two, who had minor injuries that included; Mary Cossillota and Cavan Namwalo, proceeded with their journey to Namugongo.

Police spokesperson CP Fred Enanga says all territorial commanders have been instructed to effectively secure all pilgrims on their way to Namugongo, to avoid a repeat of such tragic occurrence.

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