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Ivan Kayibanda, a resident of the area says the deceased would spend days without food since he lacked sustainable income to feed himself
A resident within the area pays his last respect to the deceased.

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A 40-year-old in man in Soweto village in Jinja city has died after reportedly going two weeks without food. John Ochieng was confirmed dead on Wednesday morning. 

His neighbors claim that Ochieng lost his job in April 2020 and resorted to begging food for survival but they couldn’t do much since they are also struggling to feed their families.

It is alleged that Ochieng got frustrated with life and decided to lock himself inside his rented room on June 24th, 2020. 

Residents got to know about his death when they noticed houseflies around his door and decided to break-in.  

Ivan Kayibanda, a resident of the area says the deceased would spend days without food since he lacked sustainable income to feed himself. 

Kayibanda explains that Soweto slum hosts hundreds of youth who lost their jobs due to the Covid19 lockdown, which has reduced them to beggars.    

//Cue in: “Embera eliwano…  

Cue out…njala emuluma,”.  

Musa Kasigazi, another resident says the deceased had resorted to working on private farms where he would earn Shillings 1000 daily. 

He however, says he was discontinued when the proprietor of the farms ran out of money to pay him.      

//Cue in: “omusajja…   

Cue out…tolina,”.

David Kitamirike, the Soweto block leader says his area has over 500 youthful couples who were laid off from various factories citing financial challenges caused by the lockdown. 

He warns of more deaths should good Samaritans fail to intervene and provide them relief food.  

//Cue in: “okutwaliza awamu…    

Cue out…mubulamu bwe’nsi,”   

Paul Kasirimi, the deceased’s cousin says Ochieng has been struggling to feed himself because of financial difficulties, saying they both lost their jobs in the lockdown. 

Mohammed Ssebuliba, the Officer in Charge Walukuba Police Station, says a case of sudden death was reported at the station.  

He says detectives inspected the scene of crime but family members blocked them from conducting postmortem for personal reasons.                    

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