Primary School Pupil Dies in Rukungiri Accident

RUKUNGIRI: Police in Rukungiri are investigating circumstances under which a 9-year-old Maria Owomuhendo, a pupil at St Andrews Primary School, lost her life in a fatal accident.

The incident occurred at Omukashanda village, Ruyonza parish, Nyarushanje sub-county in Rukungiri district.

Maria, a resident of Omukishanda village, was being transported home with two other pupils on a red Bajaj Boxer motorcycle with registration number UEB 887J.

On their journey, the motorcycle attempted to overtake a Fuso Fighter (tipper) with registration number UBJ 619J.

Unfortunately, a collision transpired with another motorcycle coming from the opposite direction, leading to Maria’s immediate demise as she fell off the motorcycle.

ASP Wasswa Joshua, a 34-year-old police officer from Rubabo Police station and a resident of Rubabo Police Barracks in Nyarushanje sub-county, reported the incident via telephone to the police station.

Elly Maate, the Kigezi Region Police spokesperson, conveyed that officers from Rubabo police station visited the crime scene.

The body of the deceased was subsequently transported to Kisiizi hospital for postmortem.

Maate further noted that both involved vehicles were impounded at Rubabo police station pending inspection by the Inspectorate of Vehicles (IOV).

The suspects, however, remain at large, and ongoing efforts are in place to apprehend them.