A bus which belongs to the Gateway Bus Company with registration number, UAU 926U, that was traveling from Kampala to Kabale, Tuesday afternoon caught fire at Kampiringisa along Kampala-Masaka highway.
According to Asp Faridah Nampiima, the Traffic police spokesperson, the bus developed a malfunction that caused fire from the rear wheels.
“The driver had been earlier warned about smoke from the rear but pulled over after the fire had spread,” Nampiima said.
She added, “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.”
It’s however reported that all the luggage was destroyed in the fire.
“There was a problem with the behind brake. When the driver noticed this, he stopped the bus at Kampringisa and ordered everyone out. We were all evacuated but our luggage was burnt in the bus,” one of the survivors told the Daily Monitor.
During a plenary sitting on Tuesday, Gen David Muhoozi who’s the internal affairs state minister, told MPs that authorities would investigate to ascertain whether the fire is related to the recent spate of bomb blasts.
“We know that the bus developed a mechanical problem, driver stopped, passengers alighted but it got burnt. We shall ascertain whether it is related to the recent spate of bombs,” Gen Muhoozi said.
Ms Anita Among, the Deputy Speaker urged legislators to be cautious and careful about places they go to.
“I want to ask MPs to be very careful about the places we go to and the people we interact with because as I was walking in I saw news of a bus exploding somewhere in Mpigi, we need to be more careful,” she said.
The fire rings echoes of a suspected suicide bomber who died when he allegedly detonated an explosive in another bus plying the same route.
Isaac Matovu, a resident of Kamuli A Zone in Kireka, Wakiso District died in an explosion on a bus belonging to Swift Safaris Bus Company at Lungala, along the Kampala-Masaka highway.
Police said he was a suicide terrorist. His alleged accomplice who had disembarked the bus was arrested at the weekend.