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Kabale Accident Claims German Tourist, Injures Two

A 58-year-old German tourist has died and two others injured after getting involved in a motor vehicle accident in Kaharo sub-county, Kabale district, along the Kabale-Mbarara Highway.

The accident happened on Saturday at around 09:00 am. Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), Saiga Ibrahim, Kigezi Region Police Commander says that the deceased tourist Dr. Wendsche Ralf Steffen was traveling together with the injured Silk Venus,48, also a German tourist, and their Ugandan driver, Morgan Nyombi aged 60.

They were traveling in a Toyota land cruiser Motor Vehicle registration number UAX 567C returning from Bwindi impenetrable national park for gorilla tracking to Kampala.

The accident happened at the Kabaraga hill corners in Kaharo sub-county when a speeding Fuso fighter lorry registration number UBH009B that was heading towards Kabale direction from Mbarara overtook another vehicle (its registration number not yet known).

In the process, it knocked the tourist vehicle. Elly Maate, police spokesperson for the Kigezi region said Dr. Wendsche died on the spot while Venus and Nyombi were rushed to Kabale regional referral hospital with injuries.

Maate said the deceased’s body has also been taken to Kabale Regional Referral Hospital Mortuary for postmortem.

According to Maate, after the incident, yet to be the yet-to-be-identified driver of the lorry took off. He also says that both vehicles have been towed to Kabale police station as investigations into the matter continue. Maate attributes the accident to the Lorry driver’s reckless driving.

He adds that the German embassy in Uganda has already been informed about the incident.


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