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German tourist Dr Wendsche dies in Mbarara highway accident

The tourist vehicle after the accident. Photo: Crooze FM

The tourist vehicle after the accident. Photo: Crooze FM

A 58-year-old German tourist, Dr Wendsche Ralf Steffen died in a Saturday morning motor accident along the Kabale-Mbarara highway in Kaharo sub-county, Kabale district.

Kigezi region police commander, Ibrahim Saiga said the deceased was travelling together with Silk Venus, 48, also a German tourist, and their Ugandan driver, Morgan Nyombi aged 60 who survived with injuries. 

According to Saiga, the accident happened at the Kabaraga hill corners in Kaharo sub-county when a speeding Fuso fighter lorry, registration number, UBH 009B that was heading towards Kabale direction from Mbarara overtook another vehicle.  

In the process, it knocked the tourist vehicle, a Toyota Land Cruiser, registration number UAX 567C that was returning from Bwindi impenetrable national park for gorilla tracking to Kampala. Wendsche died on the spot while Venus and Nyombi were rushed to Kabale regional referral hospital with multiple injuries.   

Wendsche's body has also been taken to Kabale regional referral hospital mortuary for postmortem. Elly Maate, police spokesperson for the Kigezi region says the driver of the yet-to-be-identified driver of the lorry took off immediately after the accident. 

He also says that both vehicles have been towed to Kabale police station as investigations into the matter continue. Maate attributes the accident to the lorry driver’s reckless driving. He adds that the German embassy in Uganda has already been informed about the incident.


+7 #1 Lysol 2024-01-07 04:50
Uganda roads are death traps. With the much ado talks about the so-called infrastructure development, and the use of old vehicles from from more than 20 years.

On another note why do those naive white tourists still go to get killed in Uganda? Maybe the regime lures them to go on suicide missions to get killed and robbed.
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+2 #2 kabayekka 2024-01-07 08:33
This is what one would want to call a rich man's trap between a stone and a very hard rock.

Most of the environmental activists do not want such gorilla tracking environment changed or modernized or developed for the sake of African money making!

Now that there is free money to be made in the African bush such unfortunate accidents will continue to happen!
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+4 #3 Akot 2024-01-07 14:54
Lysol, thanks.

Touriest should know that the only safe roads are those that Museveni uses & when he goes out of his good roads, he flies!
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+1 #4 Lakwena 2024-01-08 08:55
Tragic and a sledge hammer blow to the Tourism Industry!

May Wendsche Ralf Steffen soul be at peace.

In other words, given e.g. the widespread insanity in as far as traffic anarchy, chaos and the impunity that goes with it; everything tragic that keeps happening in this country is a self-fulfilled prophecy.

E.g., any sane person or motorist who visits/drives/passes through the newly reconstructed intersection sic former "Queen's Clock Tower" (fly/overpass); need not be a "Prophet of Doom" to predict that: many, if not already, freaky accidents where pedestrians Boda Riders will be run-over on a daily basis.
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+3 #5 Lakwena 2024-01-08 08:57
What sane tourist would like to visit Uganda/Kampala and end up being run-over by anarchic Boda (ride on side-walks and wrong direction), rickety 14-seater Taxi (without indicators/head-lights), and/or speeding and overloaded FUSO truck on the highway?

In other words, unless we finally get a honest and sane political leadership, the insanity on our roads and virtually everything will remain insane and tragic.
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