Parents blame court in dead miss tourism saga


Parents and other relatives have blamed court for delayed justice in a 2015 accident case in which Miss Tourism Uganda and others died.

Distraught parents of the fallen Miss Tourism queens and a journalist who died in a fatal accident on Masaka Road are seeking Shs100m compensation from government for the loss of their dear ones.

July 4 last year will always remain fresh in the minds of the parents, friends and relatives of the three youthful girls whose lives were lost in the grisly accident that happened in Nakirebe Village near Maya Town in Mpigi District on Kampala-Masaka highway. The driver lost control and the vehicle swerved off the road into a swamp.

NTV journalist Resty Namawejje, Miss Tourism Northern Norah Atim and Barbara Nakiwolo, a former Miss Tourism finalist lost their lives in the nasty accident.

The late Namawejje was a producer at NTV while Atim, 21, was a third-year Information, and Communication Technology student at Makerere University.


The two died on the spot while Nakiwolo died as she was being rushed to Mulago hospital.
Police attributed the cause of the accident to reckless driving and the driver of the vehicle UAN, 690B. Patrick Muhiirwe was dragged to Mpigi Court where he is being tried.


Following their death, their parents petitioned court seeking for justice.

During the memorial prayers organised for the deceased last month, the parents occasionally broke down as they demanded that the government intervenes to address their plight since they were travelling to Mbarara on government duty.

“We want government to intervene and help us access justice. They should also compensate us since our children were travelling in a government vehicle on a government mission. Government had said it would compensate us but they have since given up,” said Ms Emilly Opu, Atim’s mother.
She was supported by Ms Lamulah Birungi, Namawejje’s mother, who also called for government’s immediate intervention.

They sued the government in the High Court demanding Shs100m each for the anxiety and distress caused.

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