By Muzafaru Nsubuga
Police in Kalungu District are investigating circumstances under a truck driver died behind the steering wheel at Bajja Village, Lukaya Town Council along Masaka-Kampala highway.According to one of the eyewitnesses, Mr Herman Kafeero, the deceased, Mudrikate Suudi Kaigi, 56, a Tanzanian national was driving a fuel truck Reg No T 541 CSA from Kampala, heading to Masaka. He said, when the deceased reached Bajja Village, he suddenly stopped the truck in the middle of the highway.“When we saw the trailer, we thought armed robbers had staged a roadblock, but when more motorists came, we moved closer only to find the driver dead behind the steering wheel,” Mr Kafeero said. The incident happened Monday night at around 12 o’clock.Mr Kafeero said when the deceased felt unwell, he tried to turn the truck and park it at Lukaya Park Yard, but in the process, he breathed his last, leaving the truck in the middle of the road.This paralyzed traffic along the busy highway, leading to a long queue of vehicles that lasted until 11 am on Tuesday.
Mr Vianney Birungi, the Officer in Charge of Lukaya Police Station, said several attempts were made to tow away the truck but it was too heavy for the available tow trucks to manage since it was carrying a tank full of fuel.“The deceased had locked himself from inside. So, we smashed the windscreen to remove the body and a certain driver helped us remove it from the road,” he said.Mr Birungi said they still are waiting for a post-mortem report to know what exactly caused Kaigi’s death.“The body of the deceased has been taken to Masaka Regional Hospital for autopsy and we hope the report we will get will help us with the investigations,” he said.Kalungu Resident District Commissioner, Mr Caleb Tukaikiriza advised long-distance truck drivers to always move with another person to assist them in such situations while on the way.”Moving alone in a vehicle is dangerous. If the deceased had a turnboy with him, he could to have perhaps helped him out,” he said.