There is Panic in Soroti City East Division following the
mysterious death of two elderly casual laborers in the area.
The dead have been identified as Albino Loumo, who hails
from Lokopo Sub County in Napak District but resident of Cell E, and Agusuberito
Eburu alias Enunuka, resident of Cell A- all in Moru- Apesur ward.
alone in his house last night while Eburu died this morning while at work.
Stella Egiru, the aspiring candidate for Moru- Apesur Ward and resident of the area says the two old men have all been surviving by collecting
garbage from residents at a cost.
She, however, notes that both men
have been alcohol addicts and were not eating food regularly.
She also revealed that Loumo was beaten by market
vendors early this week for allegedly stealing money from the market, something
she suspects could have killed him.
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But Julius Adiaka, a resident of Moru- Apesur Cell C, says
the old men could have died due to heavy load as they struggle to carry rubbish
on empty stomachs.
He explains that much as the elders were doing it for cash,
the leadership in the area failed to provide them with protective gears, dash
bins or garbage trucks to help in removing garbage.
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John Robert Esaru, the Interim Mayor
of Soroti City East Division, says the two were not working for the Division since
they suspended services of all casual laborers last year.
Esaru explains that the
division now relies on the services of road gangs that are paid by the City
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By the time of filing this story, the bodies had been picked
by police and taken for postmortem.
Esaru added that samples of the
deceased persons have been taken by the medical team at Soroti Regional
Referral Hospital to rule out possible Coronavirus infection.
Dr. Wilson Etolu, the COVID-19 Focal Point Person at the
Hospital, said a team has been dispatched to the ground to handle the situation and promised to their share findings later.