on the raod

I have had the most unproductive day of my adult life. We (these guys that are blessed to be sharing an office with me and I) only just recently moved and today was my first day at the new office. There is no internet. The place reeks of fresh paint. The food is crappy. It is mighty cold. And it is in the middle of nowhere. Erique threatened that if I did not come up with a post last week he would er, post something mean about me. I dared him to, and he failed to act on his threat. Chicken!

Speaking of last week, Friday evening on my way home, I witnessed an accident. At the Nakawa stage. It sort of messed up my rather nice evening. Not in the sense that it was an inconvenience but in the sense that it was a rather disturbing scenario. I was seated in the taxi waiting for it to fill up when I heard the most terrifying scream I ever heard. Just one scream. And silence. Then commotion. A man was down, possibly dead. A taxi speeding from Kireka direction had just ended a man’s life and sped off into the night. If you are familiar with the Nakawa stage, you will know that that is a high traffic area. Both human and motor traffic, so one has no business driving over 10km/h on that road, especially not in the evening frenzy.

Two strange things happened.

1. That as fate would have it, a police patrol car was driving in the opposite direction at that very instant. How oft does that happen?
2. That the patrol car just turned round and chased after the killer taxi, never once stopping to dispatch at least one officer to attend to the accident victim.
3. There was a third. That instead of helping the guy, people just started ransacking the victim’s pockets for loot.
4. I just watched on from the safety of the back seat in the taxi, door tightly shut, clutching my purse ever so tightly, still trying to take it all in.

There have been countless senseless road accidents like those that have claimed even more lives. Now, jiggers will kill two people and it will be all the newspapers are talking about yet ignoring road accident death stats of over a hundred people that die in such road accidents per month(silverbow, try insert the accurate stats here). Have accidents become so common that we have grown to be so immune to them like that? As if when another death occurs on the road, airbags pop up in our heads that protect us from the trauma and reality of it all. Somewhere, an air headed politician sits in the comfort of his air conditioned land cruiser as it glides along the smooth tarmac of Kololo trying to coin the most amazing theory on what causes Road accidents. And in a flash it hits him. Mini-skirts!

RIP stranger.

It is cuss free week this week Erique.

Princess deleted her blog?

16 loungers burdening me:

Anonymous said...

It's easier to understand once you agree that people are simply not nice. In general. Just don't expect too much from humans.

-bazanye

petesmama said...

Sorry you had to watch that - it will leave you unsettled and angsty for a while.

Chanel said...

On the same road a boda boda passed the taxi I was in at break neck speed. in 10 seconds we found it at Shoprite. Woman passenger lifeless so dead. Boda driver begging for help. I vowed not to sit on a boda boda again but after a hour my butt was sitting on one

Emi's said...

Sorry about such a traumatising experience.

We need better roads and Law enforcement

Most Ugandans are thieves and an ailing man will not even appeal to their conscious
This is when am ashamed to be Ugandan

Erique said...

Chanel, chop it off.

AP, your blackmail post was supposed to come next (tomorrow). That's, of course, before I noticed you posted.

You couldn't handle the blackmail? Chicken!

Cuss free? So I can jeer all I want and you won't clap back? Yay!

...You're stupid, you look like a turkey, your hair is like steel wire...

nevender said...

There are days I think Uganda is hopeless. But then I am reminded that if we prayed so much would change...

Be silent said...

Chanel stay away from Bodas... Some mad cow almost knocked us down last Thursday on my way to BHH

Lev said...

I love your template! :) its very nice.

Ugandan girl said...

When i came round i was told to stay off boda boda's..never listened but reading this...I am thinking twice.

I agree with Baz People are mean..

Anonymous said...

Bodas, taxis, buses.....nothing is safe on Uganda's roads.
Shame to the looters....

D. Copperfield.

Anonymous said...

Bodas, taxis, buses.....nothing is safe on Uganda's roads.
Shame to the looters....

D. Copperfield.

Anonymous said...

Bodas, taxis, buses.....nothing is safe on Uganda's roads.
Shame to the looters....

D. Copperfield.

Sybella said...

that is sad... kale how can a normal human being with a heart rob a dead body?!

~ScotchBiscuits~ said...

the air bags in our heads-very brilliant!!!

31337 said...

such incidents shake you to the core. people have grown callous. sad but true.

Charla Mcguyer said...

It is the goal of every authority in the world to minimize accidents by keeping the roads safe. Whether it's in Uganda or in America, it is important to always keep a focused eye on the road, and don't drink and drive.

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