Abdul Azizi Massa, a resident of Wakiso district is accusing Hoima Bus company of abandoning him after breaking his left leg on August 1, 2016. According to Massa, he was knocked by Hoima Bus coach registration number UAT 688W which was being driven by Yusuf Mukamba.
Massa explains that on the fateful day, he was standing opposite Majab Pump Fuel station in Kakiri waiting for a taxi to Kampala to book a bus at Trinity Bus terminal for his travel to Rwanda later in the night. He was serving as a technician for AZ Printing & Promotions Company.
“As I waited for a taxi to bring to town, I saw the Hoima Coach driver seemingly in competition with a taxi driver. The taxi would attempt to overtake but it would be blocked by the Bus driver. I decided to stand very far. However, the Bus driver still hit me from there,” Massa recounts.
According to Massa, the bus threw him in the middle of the road where he was also knocked by the taxi driver who was seemingly competing for the space with the Bus driver.
Police also indicated that Massa was also knocked by a taxi registration number UAW 883 that was being driven by Kitaka Ibrahim. Sgt Charles Okorom, who compiled the traffic report identified Mukamba as a resident of BujumbuRa division in Hoima municipality now Hoima Oil City while Kitaka was a resident of Kyebando in Nansana Municipality in Wakiso district.
Massa spent over 30 days at Mulago National Referral Hospital where he was rushed after the accident. He, however, says that no official from Hoima Coaches showed up at the hospital despite police having recorded the case. Massa explains that even after being discharged neither the officials of the bus company nor the taxi driver who knocked him has shown up.
Although the civil suit has not progressed, Kakiri police took the criminal case to Wakiso Chief Magistrate’s Court. The court heard the matter in absentia of Yusuf Mukamba and Ibrahim Kitaka. It delivered a guilty verdict on September 6, 2018, based on traffic police investigations and testimonies from passengers.
Court-ordered Mukamba and Kitaka to compensate Massa Shilling 9 million including Shillings 5 million for the medical expenses.
Mukamba hanged up the phone call the moment our reporter asked about Massa. Kitaka’s telephone contact captured in the police report was picked by someone in Mbarara who said he has never been a driver in Kampala.
Massa hired among other law firms Muwema & Co Advocates, Ninsiima & Co Advocates, Tumusiime & Co Advocates, and Obedi & Co Advocates to represent him in his civil suit, which he says has never kicked off.