Jinja – Two officers attached to General Crimes under Uganda Police CID perished in a nasty motor accident in Magamaga Town council.

Reports reaching RedPepper Digital, indicate that D/AIP Mawa Emmanuel and SGT Magala Dick were involved in the accident on Wednesday evening July 1 and did not make it.

Highly placed sources indicate that the two officers were returning from Mbale where they had travelled to conduct investigations of undisclosed case.

“We great to announce the death of D/AIP Mawa Emmanuel and SGT Magala Dick all of General crimes cid hqts who perishes in a motor accident yesterday evening at Magamaga as they were from conducting investigations from Mbale,” read an alert sent out to fellow officers.

More details to come as the story develops

About 9,000 people perish in road traffic accidents annually in Uganda, a number three times higher than that declared by the police, according to preliminary research findings by Makerere University School of Public Health.

The statistics by police indicate that at least 3,500 people have been dying in traffic road accidents annually in the past three years.

Dubbed epidemiology of road traffic crashes in Uganda, the research, which looked at the accidents that happened in 2016 sought to find out if the numbers reported by the police are the actual figures following cases that go unreported.

Dr Olive Kobusingye, the research principal investigator, said indeed it turned out that what police reports is lower not because it is under-declaring deliberately but for some reasons they don’t capture some of the crashes.

Disclosing figures

She further explained that they cannot reveal the actual numbers the study came up with since they managed to reach 16 out of the 27 regions that the police reached because they are still carrying out the statistical procedure to put them in the context of the whole country.

She added: “We were looking at health facility data, mortuary data, and we suppose the reason police numbers are fewer is that some of the patients who go on to die in hospitals or communities don’t necessarily get to be captured by police they end up with fewer numbers.”

Main cause of accidents

Speeding and use of alcohol but based on where the accidents happen were the major driving factors for the accidents. On the other hand, the pedestrians were found to be victims as a result of inadequate infrastructure.

A 2018 study conducted by the same investigators comparing App-based and regular motorcycles also known as boda bodas, found that the former, which includes companies such as Safe Boda, Uber, and Taxify get fewer crashes than the latter.

“The research found that app-based motorcycles get fewer clashes most likely due to use of helmets which is one thing we have been promoting. They are trained and more likely to follow traffic lights on the road,” the study indicated.

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