By NICHOLAS BARIYO
KAMPALA, Uganda -- At least 30 people were killed late
Saturday in an accident involving a transit fuel tanker in the
capital of Uganda, the main transit point for fuel imports
bound for landlocked Rwanda, Burundi and eastern Democratic
Republic of Congo, the police said Sunday.
Ugandan police said that the fuel tanker was involved in a
collision with a small vehicle along a major highway in
Kampala, causing a spill. A fire broke out shortly, setting
vehicles and people ablaze during the evening rush hour,
Patrick Onyango, Uganda police spokesman told Dow Jones
"More than twenty victims are in a critical condition; it is
so tragic," Mr. Onyongo said.
The accident was the most deadly in the capital in recent
Scores of fuel trucks destined for Rwanda, Burundi and
eastern Congo pass through Kampala every day, often jamming the
city's already congested roads. Attempts to build a new network
of roads and railways to reduce congestion in Kampala continue
to be dogged by inadequate funding.
Expansion of mining and other
business activities in its landlocked neighbors, notably in the
mineral-rich eastern Congo and Rwanda, continue to worsen the
congestion along Ugandan roads.
Last week, Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni, held talks
with his counterparts, Rwanda's Paul Kagame and Kenya's Uhuru
Kenyatta, about the development of several infrastructure projects aimed at easing the transit
of goods in Uganda.
The three presidents agreed to, among other things, extend an
oil pipeline from eastern Kenya to Uganda and on to Rwanda, to
reduce reliance on road transportation.
The presidents also agreed to fast track the construction of a new railway line
linking Rwanda to the East African coast.
Dow Jones Newswires