By Charles Etukuri
The Police have explained the circumstances under which former Member of Parliament for Kazo County Gordon Bafaki died in an accident on the Northern Bypass in Kampala on Wednesday, June 15.
The accident occurred after Bafaki’s car crashed into a trailer that was parked by the roadside.
According to friends, Bafaki’s car was involved in an accident on the Northern Bypass as he returned from Kiruhura where he had attended the homecoming celebrations for the Commander of the Land Forces, Lt. Gen. Muhoozi Kainerugaba.
Traffic and Road Safety Directorate spokesperson Faridah Nampiima confirmed the accident and Bafaki’s death.
“Kira Road Police Station reports a fatal accident involving motor vehicle registration number UBD 965E, a Toyota Land Cruiser TX, white in colour and motor vehicle registration number KBZ539Z/ZC 8776, a Benz trailer white in colour at 1:00 am at Kiwatule along the Northern Bypass,” Nampiima said.
“The driver of the Toyota Land Cruiser identified as Bafaki, a male adult aged 48, and a resident of Namugongo, Kira Division in Wakiso district, died on the spot and the body has been taken to Mulago City Mortuary for a postmortem examination.”
Nampiima said both vehicles are currently at Kiwatule Police Station pending investigations and clearance from the inspector of vehicles whereas the driver of the trailer, John Kahagi Kinuthia, has since been arrested.
Nampiima said preliminary investigations indicated that Bafaki’s vehicle knocked the rear body of the trailer, but noted that inquiries, which are now underway, will provide more details on the circumstances under which the accident happened.
The Deputy Speaker of Parliament Thomas Tayebwa mourned the former legislator.
“I am saddened to learn of the death of the former Member of Parliament for Kazo, Gordon Bafaki, who perished in an accident along the Northern Bypass last night. He was an assertive colleague who pushed for the interests of his people and country. My condolences to the family,” Tayebwa said.
Security minister Maj. Gen. Jim Muhwezi in a tweet on Wednesday morning said, “Death has yet again robbed us of our colleague Hon Gordon Bafaki who lost his life in a road accident. He represented Kazo Constituency in the tenth Parliament. May God comfort his family and rest his soul in eternal life.”
Bafaki replaced the former works and transport minister, John Nasasira, but was defeated in the 2021 elections by Dan Kimosho.