The remains of the Rubirizi inferno victims were on Friday buried in a mass grave at Kyambura Mosque in Kyambura trading centre, Kichwamba Sub County in Rubirizi District.
The deceased were killed on August 18, 2019 after a fuel tanker lost control after failing to negotiate a corner and knocked several vehicles in Kyambura Village, Rubirizi District. The accident immediately sparked a fire that spread to nearby shops and residential houses.
Police confirmed that at least 20 people died. Only eight victims were identified and police handed them to their respective relatives for burial. The remaining 12 unclaimed bodies were buried on Friday in a mass grave. Those buried in the mass grave couldn’t be identified perhaps because their blood relatives didn’t provide blood samples from them to match the DNA.
President Museveni in August announced that government would give Shs5m to each family that lost their loved ones, while survivors would each receive Shs1m. Those whose shops and household items were destroyed, Mr Museveni said, would also be helped. At least fifteen people were injured in the inferno.
Police are yet to identify the company that owned the fuel tanker. The tanker was coming from Eldoret, Kenya and destined for Butembo in the Democratic Republic of Congo.