The police chief General Kale Kayihura blames the increased deaths resulting from road accidents on laxity among police officers and road users.

Kayihura was speaking at the city mortuary during a requiem mass in honor of the 13 Tanzanian who perished in the Katonga accident along the Kampala- Masaka high way on Sunday night.

He has urged religious leaders to work with police and sensitize the public on road safety.

He said the government of Uganda will meet all funeral expenses of the deceased and medical expenses for the 6 injured persons that are nursing wounds at Nsambya hospital.

Meanwhile, while addressing mourners, the All Saints Cathedral Provost Rev Micheal Mukwana challenged government officials to stop politicking and focus on developmental issues like constructing good roads.

He also commended Katonga Region Police spokesperson, Philip Mukasa recovering at least 60% of the deceased’s property.

Thirteen people, including 12 Tanzanian nationals, were killed in a motor accident on a highway in central Uganda, police on Sunday evening .

Most of the victims were traveling in a minibus that crashed head-on with a truck on Sunday night, Ugandan police spokesman Asan Kasingye told a news conference in the capital, Kampala.

The Tanzanians were returning home from a wedding in Kampala.

Seven other passengers in the minibus were seriously injured and “in critical condition.” A passenger in the truck was killed while the driver was seriously injured, Kasingye said.

The bodies of the deceased have been transported to Tanzania for burial.

The highway leading to western Uganda has been notorious over the years for the high number of lethal accidents usually blamed on irresponsible drivers.

In July 2016 at least 17 people were killed in a multi-vehicle accident on the highway, which leads to neighboring Rwanda and often has heavy trucks carrying imports from the Indian Ocean coast.

Deadly motor accidents are frequent in this East African country where roads and highways are narrow and often pot-holed.