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MPs grill Uganda Railways Corporation officials over death of Ugandans

Members of Parliament on the Government Assurance and Implementation committee have tasked officials from Uganda Railways to explain the death of two Ugandans who were knocked by a train. The MPs fault the Railway corporation for failing to have crossing-keepers and no warnings as one crosses the rail.

Caroline Aturinda and Norbert Tizikara were hit by a locomotive on Sunday morning as they crossed the level crossing.

Officials from the ministry of works and Uganda Railway Corporation were Thursday appearing before the parliamentary committee on the government assurance and implementation chaired by Hon Joseph Ssewungu to answer questions regarding the rehabilitation of the meter Gauge Railway.

The committee members have tasked the official to explain the absence of protection at the level crossing on Nakawa that led to the death of two Ugandans.

According to Hon Ssewungu the chairperson of the committee, in the early days, locals knew the time a train would pass in a given area, a worker was on the ground keeping the level crossing area and physical barriers also existed separating the road and the rail.

In his response, the State Minister for works (transport) Fred Byamukama has pledged that the government will ensure safety at all railway crossing levels by employing crossing-keepers, and putting larger signs and guards separating the Rail and the road.

Hon. Robert Ssekitoleeko the MP representing Bamunanika constituency has asked the Uganda Railways Corporation if they have plans in the future to ensure that with a developed railway, Ugandans can live in Jinja, Gulu, Mbale, Mpigi among others and work within Kampala taking less than 2hrs on the rail.

Hon. Ssewungu also wondered how the corporation lost its land.

“How did Uganda Railways staff quarters turn into Malls and Arena in Nsambya? where are Uganda Railways staff going to live?” he wondered.

He, therefore, asked the officials to provide a comprehensive report on the property and assets of the Railways, including the Nsambya and Luzira land.

Sarah K. Biryomumaisho is a Multimedia journalist (Broadcast & Writing) with 11 years of experience. She holds a Diploma in Business Administration from Makerere Business Institute and a Certificate in Media Management from Women in News. She completed a Course in Wikimedia in 2020, making her one of the very few Wikipedia Editors in the country. She also has a certificate in Gender Justice Reporting from The International Women's Media Foundation, IWMF. She has worked with a number of media houses including 6 Radio stations, most recently Galaxy fm 100.2 & Radio 4. She has worked with Andariya Magazine as a writer. Sarah worked as a Digital Communications consultant for the newly revived Uganda Airlines and is also a Digital enthusiast. She owns a Media Organization called TheUgPost that publishes in Uganda and has a global reach. Twitter; https://twitter.com/BiryomumaishoB

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