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Uganda: Authorities step up efforts to curb road carnage as residents turn to prayers

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<h3>Ugandan road safety authorities have stepped up their campaign to limit road carnage, on a 130km stretch of the main highway linking the capital Kampala to neighbouring Rwanda, Tanzania and the <span class="caps">DRC</span>.</h3> <p>The section located in Mpigi District southern Uganda, is considered one of the deadliest in the country. </p> <p>More than 200 people have died there this year, and careless driving has been the major cause.</p> <p>“The main cause of the accidents is reckless drivers and reckless driving and people who have no sense of responsibility. The government must put in place a system to educate drivers and make prevention,” said Joseph Kawuma, President of the taxi and minibus association in Uganda. </p> <p>Since August 1st, checks are carried out regularly on driving licenses, speed control, and incidences of bribery and corruption.</p> <p>However, the constant fear of losing life at any time on this road has led some to turn to prayers for divine intervention. </p> <p>Pastor Medad Birungi is the head of a group of Christians who regularly walk along the road to pray for it, and to them, the accidents are caused by supernatural factors.</p> <p>He says: “We think there was a lot of magic and sacrifice. An alliance with demonic powers has been established for each month people die and the blood flows.”</p> <p>And with the rainy season fast approaching, the government is racing to have tighter safety measures in place.</p>
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