Army Vehicle Kills Soldier, Child in Kasese Municipality
A speeding Uganda People Defens e Forces vehicle has knocked dead a child and killed a UPDF soldier in Nyakasanga II ward, Kasese Municipality.
The victims have been identified as Private Mawadri Fred attached to Rukoki Barracks under the mountain brigade and four year-old Biira Linius .
ASP, Alex Amutuhaire, the OC Traffic Commander, Kasese Central Division, says preliminary findings indicate that the Monday Afternoon incident happened when the speeding Land Cruiser registration number H4DF 2172 veered-off the road as the driver attempted to dodge a child who was crossing the road.
The vehicle then knocked the pillar of a nearby building, eventually injuring an officer seated behind, who was moments later pronounced dead.
ASP Amutuhaire however cautions residents and all road users to be cautions when using roads in built-up areas.
Herbert Bumbi, the owner the building, said he heard a loud bang while he was inside his room and on coming out, found a cloud of dust and saw a kid lying down.
Residents blamed the accident on over-speeding, accusing soldiers of habitually driving at terrible speed without considering other road users.
The bodies were taken for postmortem.