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NEWSDPP apologizes after driver knocks woman, pupil at Kibuye Roundabout

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The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) finally bowed to social media pressure and apologized to the public after one of its drivers knocked a Boda Boda rider who was carrying a woman and her school-going child on Tuesday morning.

The motor vehicle accident, filmed by a phone camera before it went viral showed one of the security backup vehicles of the ODPP’s, Reg. No. UG 1059 J, knocking the cyclists at Kibuye roundabout, Kampala.

In a statement released on Tuesday evening, Ms Jacquelyn Okui, the ODDP Spokesperson acknowledged the incident which involved one of its security cars and apologized to the affected parties in the ugly scene as shown in the video.

“The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) expresses its sincere regret for the traffic incident that occurred this morning at Kibuye roundabout wherein one of the ODPP security backup vehicles collided with a motorcycle carrying a woman and her school-going child,” the statement released by the ODPP at about 4 pm on Tuesday reads in part.

According to Ms Okui, they have already reached out to the victims and are working closely with police authorities to manage the situation and ensure that they receive all the necessary support.

She further promised that they are taking the necessary steps to ensure that appropriate measures are taken to prevent similar incidents from occurring in the future since the safety of all individuals on the road is paramount.

“We understand that the safety of all individuals on the road is paramount, and we are taking the necessary steps to ensure that appropriate measures are taken to prevent similar incidents from occurring in the future,” Ms Okui emphasized.

Similar Cases

Cases of misbehaving among officials using Government-owned Vehicles are on the increase in the country and this has led to damages and loss of lives and property.

On 26th February 2024, a driver of a government vehicle under Kagadi District Local Government in February knocked dead a 25-year-old civilian as residents protested over poor roads in the western Ugandan District.

In December 2023, a driver of a police patrol car handed himself to law enforcers at Pader Central Police Station after he knocked a soldier dead.

The deceased was identified as Corporal Zadock Ojok, a member of the Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) in Pader District.

Source: Daily Express

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