Gateway Bus Catches Fire along Kampala-Masaka Road

A Kabale bound Gateway bus has Tuesday afternoon caught fire along Kampala-Masaka Highway, The Tower Post reports.

The bus Reg No. UAU 926U which was headed towards Masaka from Kampala caught fire at Kampilingisa checkpoint in Mpigi District.

Reports indicate that the fire originated from failure in the bus’ braking system.

Reports further indicate that there was no fatality as all occupants were safely evacuated before the fire became serious but all property of the passengers was burnt.

Police confirmed the reports indicating that promising to reveal the actual cause of the fire.

“The driver had been earlier warned about smoke from the rear but pulled over after the fire had spread,” Farida Nampiima, the Public Relations Officer for Traffic Police said.

“All the 37 passengers on board are safe and managed to exit the bus before it was entirely engulfed by the fire. The actual cause of the malfunction will be communicated later,” she added.

Internal Affairs Minister Gen Davis Muhoozi told parliament on Tuesday that they had learnt about the mechanical issue but said that security will investigate further to ascertain if the fire is connected to the recent spate of bombings.

Moses Kayigwa