Two Councilors Killed in Fatal Accident in Ntungamo

Monday, September 18, 2023

Ntungamo District | THE BLACK EXAMINER | Ntungamo District was plunged into mourning on Monday as two of its councilors met an untimely death in a tragic road road accident along the Mbarara-Kabale highway, just 4 kilometers from Ntungamo town.

The victims of this heart-wrenching incident were Niwagaba Pius Tusimire, the Local Council V councilor representing Nyarutuuntu sub-county, known for his independent NRM leaning and his role as a member of the finance committee, and Kutamba Monic Rutabingwa, the lady councilor for LCV for Ngoma sub-county, who also held the position of secretary for works.

Their lives were tragically cut short on that fateful Monday at 4 pm when the Toyota Wish bearing registration number UBH 873G, in which they were traveling, collided with a box body motor vehicle registered as UBD 660V, owned by Nile Agro Industries, as it approached from Rubaare.

Eyewitnesses reported that Niwagaba, who was behind the wheel of the Toyota Wish, was driving at high speed in adverse weather conditions when he suddenly noticed the box body vehicle rapidly approaching. In an attempt to avoid a collision, he applied the brakes, causing the vehicle to skid and ultimately lose control. This tragic turn of events led to the Toyota Wish swerving into the lane of oncoming traffic, resulting in the immediate and devastating loss of both councilors’ lives.

Promptly responding to the accident scene, the Ntungamo police team swiftly transported the deceased bodies to Itojo Hospital for post-mortem examinations.

Ntungamo District Chairman, Samuel Mucunguzi Rwakigoba, expressed the community’s collective shock and grief, emphasizing that both councilors had displayed unwavering transparency and dedication in serving their constituents since May 18th, 2021.

Naboth Mpiriirwe, councilor for Ntungamo sub-county, expressed the profound sorrow within the district council, describing the loss of two councilors as a double tragedy. He highlighted their vital roles in the ongoing discussions and decisions that shaped the district’s future.

District Speaker Twikiriize Nicholas Mugyenyi announced that a special council meeting would be convened on Wednesday to pay tribute to the memory of these dedicated councilors, honoring their profound contributions to the community.

Ahabwe Bernard Mupenda, the chairman of the Education and Health Committee and councilor for Ruhaama Sub-County, could only express his profound shock and disbelief, noting that words failed to encapsulate the magnitude of this tragedy.

As of the time of this press release, the police were still in the process of compiling their comprehensive report on the incident.


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