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Luwero Town Council Disowns Mortuary Attendants After Protests :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Luwero Town Council Disowns Mortuary Attendants After Protests

Chris Buwembo, the Luwero LC 3 Chairperson, clarified that the town council is not legally bound to disburse the said allowances as the hospital falls under the district's jurisdiction.
The Mortuary attendants leaving the town council offices after they were persuaded to transfer the decomposing bodies to the public cemetery

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The Luwero town council has suspended the involvement of a mortuary attendant and a casual laborer in handling the burials of unclaimed bodies due to their demonstration over unpaid allowances. George Kallibala, a mortuary attendant, and Rogers Bulime Kakumba, a casual laborer at Luwero Hospital, protested by dumping two decomposing bodies at the Luwero town council offices. 

They were demanding outstanding allowances totaling 990,000 Shillings covering the period from April to November 2023. Following a crisis meeting chaired by Innocent Asaba, the Luwero Chief Administrative Officer, the two were required to issue apologies for their demonstration. However, the town council disclaimed any agreement to provide them with allowances and directed them to refrain from conducting any burials on behalf of the council. 

Chris Buwembo, the Luwero LC 3 Chairperson, clarified that the town council is not legally bound to disburse the said allowances as the hospital falls under the district's jurisdiction. Buwembo detailed the town council's intention to hire designated casual workers for the interment of unclaimed bodies specifically within its jurisdiction. Furthermore, the council expressed its reluctance to cover burial expenses for bodies recovered from its area.

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When approached for comments, both Bulime and Kalibbala declined to provide statements, as did the hospital administration. Dr. Steven Magera, the hospital's medical superintendent, highlighted in an October letter addressed to town clerk Lydia Nabaasa that an agreement was previously made for the town council to remunerate the attendants for handling the burials of unclaimed bodies. 

Magera emphasized the town council's legal obligation under the Public Health Act to ensure proper and timely burials. Erastus Kibirango, Luwero LC 5 Chairperson, emphasized the council's responsibility to manage the interment of unclaimed bodies and urged adherence to prior agreements regarding the attendants' allowances.

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In a separate incident, Luwero Police discovered two unclaimed bodies in Kamira sub-county. John Ojokuna, Luwero's District Police Commander, highlighted the practice of transporting bodies to Luwero Hospital due to its mortuary facilities and the availability of a pathologist.

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However, Police officials expressed their disapproval of the attendants' use of dead bodies as a means of negotiation for allowances, leading to the initiation of a General Enquiry file for investigation.

Additionally, Luwero Hospital faces challenges with inadequate mortuary facilities, resulting in bodies being stored on cement floors and causing a persistent unpleasant odor in the hospital premises.

An estimated average of three bodies is received at Luwero Hospital every week, sourced from various incidents including accidents."

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